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Harmful Algal Blooms: A Sign of Things to Come?

An interview with NOAA Fisheries scientist Vera Trainer.
January 27, 2016 - Podcast ,

Fisheries of the United States, 2015

Each year NOAA Fisheries compiles key fisheries statistics from the previous year into an annual snapshot documenting fishing’s importance to the nation. The 2015 report provides landings totals for both domestic recreational and commercial fisheries by species and allows us to track important indicators such as annual seafood consumption and the productivity of top fishing ports. These statistics provide valuable insights — but to fully understand the overall condition of our fisheries, they must be looked at in combination with other biological, social, and economic factors of ecosystem and ocean health.
January 24, 2016 - Feature Story ,

Bluefin Tuna Early Migration Focuses OLE Officer’s Attention On Compliance, Outreach

Atlantic bluefin tuna are beginning to appear off the coasts of North Carolina and Virginia. The early arrival of the highly sought-after finfish may be generating an enthusiastic stir among fishermen, but the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement interest is in
January 21, 2016 - Feature Story ,

To Save Its Salmon, California Calls In the Fish Matchmaker

Biologists are using genetic techniques to reduce inbreeding.
January 15, 2016 - Feature Story ,

Offshore Aquaculture and the Future of Sustainable Seafood

An interview with Dr. Michael Rubino, director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture
January 11, 2016 - Feature Story ,
divers around the open-ocean aquaculture cage at the Cape Eleuthera Institute at Cape Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

"Science at Sea" Event Honors Civilian Science Conducted on NOAA Fisheries Ships

Learn more about the first-ever "Science at Sea" event, honoring NOAA Teacher at Sea awardee Dr. Suzanne Acord and NOAA summer intern Christopher Lindsay, both of whom spent time aboard NOAA Fisheries ships.
January 01, 2016 - Feature Story ,

On the Front Lines of Climate Change in the Ocean

NOAA Fisheries scientist Bill Peterson tracks the effects of climate change, El Niño, and "The Blob" on life in the ocean.
December 30, 2015 - Podcast ,

Enforcement Officers Set Compliance Goals with the Closing of Recreational Black Sea Bass Season in Mid-Atlantic Federal Waters

In an effort to ensure maximum compliance with the closing of the recreational Federal black sea bass season in the EEZ of the Greater Atlantic Region (GARFO), NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) sworn personnel will be spending more time speakin
December 29, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Twenty Years Of Monitoring Ecosystem Health In Alaska: How Is The Information Used?

For 20 years, scientists at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center have been pulling together data for numerous indicators of ecosystem health including water temperature, sea ice extent, and seabird reproductive success. Scientists from federal, state, and academic institutions monitor these indicators for the four marine ecosystems that surround Alaska – the Aleutian Islands, the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Arctic.
December 22, 2015 - Feature Story ,

High Strandings Along U.S. West Coast a Possibility for Underweight California Sea Lion and Northern Fur Seal Pups

Scientists observed another year of low pup weights during their annual survey on the San Miguel Island rookery off California.
December 10, 2015 - Feature Story ,