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Rice’s Whales Heard in the Western Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Fisheries records evidence of endangered Rice’s whales in the western Gulf of Mexico. These findings demonstrate their regular occurrence in waters offshore of Texas and the first evidence of Rice’s whales offshore of Mexico.
February 13, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Rice’s whale at the surface. Three ridges on the rostrum (dorsal head) of this Rice’s whale. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Laura Dias (Permit #14450)

Why We Love Farmed Seafood

This Valentine’s Day, NOAA experts share their love stories with aquaculture.
February 13, 2024 - News ,
Four people squat on a gravel driveway eating plates of clams cooked on a propane burner. Island Creek Oyster staff enjoying driveway clams, (Credit: Island Creek Oysters.)

Whale Week: Celebrating the Wonder of Whales

Celebrate Whale Week 2024 with us! Discover NOAA's work to study, recover, and conserve these magnificent marine mammals.
February 12, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Graphic for Whale Week featuring illustrations of long-finned pilot whale, sperm whale, beluga whale, and North Atlantic right whale

Preparing for Development of the Blue Economy in the U.S. Caribbean

NOAA published reports summarizing recent workshops held to improve our ability to plan for the future of marine environments in the United States Caribbean.
February 12, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of of a small green mountainous island in deep blue and turquoise water with several smaller islands around. U.S. Virgin Islands. Credit: Shutterstock

Study Provides Guidance on Detecting North Atlantic Right Whales in Wind Energy Areas

Scientists used passive acoustics to determine how long offshore wind developers should listen for endangered right whales before construction.
February 12, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A right whale in clear blue water, skimming just below the surface, mouth open to catch plankton

Climate Change Affects Different U.S. West Coast Fishing Fleets Unequally

A new study shows vessels that fish further north will likely experience more dramatic changes.
February 09, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Closeup of caught groundfish

New Program Manager to Lead Economic and Social Science Research in Alaska

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center continues to emphasize the importance of economic and sociocultural data in fisheries management by hiring Abigail Harley to lead the program.
February 08, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Scientist with child in a safety vest on a boat Abigail Harley and her son on a boat.