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For Pollock Surveys in Alaska, Things Are Looking Up

To help estimate fish populations, scientists experiment with seafloor-mounted sonar systems that monitor fish in the water column above.
May 21, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Maps From the 1930s Help Find Potential Fish Habitat in the Digital Age

Detailed survey data from the 1930s may help to improve fish habitat analysis.
May 20, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Enforcement Partnership Proves a Success for Joint Operations

It was an unusually clear, cool day. The team was hopeful that the long hours spent planning and coordinating would pay off. They were about to embark on a five-day interagency operation to Togiak, Alaska. While some would be worried about the unforgiv
May 15, 2015 - Feature Story ,
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Warm Blood Makes Opah an Agile Predator

Heated blood makes opah a high-performance predator that swims faster and sees better.
May 12, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Populated Puget Sound Sees Stark Shifts in Marine Fish Species

The most populated areas of Puget Sound have experienced striking shifts in marine species, with declines in herring and smelt that have long provided food for other marine life and big increases in the catch of jellyfish, which contribute far less to the food chain, according to new research that tracks species over the last 40 years.
May 11, 2015 - Feature Story ,
Photos from our trawl survey in the Puget Sound. Photo: M. Alan Lovewell

Diving Deeper Into Abalone – Dedicated Scientists and Volunteers on a Mission to Better Understand Endangered Species

David Witting and Bill Hagey, share a passion for finding the now rare white abalone and understanding the movement and feeding behaviors of all abalone species.
May 11, 2015 - Feature Story ,
Divers on a vessel preparing to enter the water Amanda Bird and Eric Chavez gearing up for a dive to look for abalone. Credit: Adam Obaza, NOAA

NOAA Forensics Lab Helps Raise Bar for Wildlife Investigations

Northwest Fisheries Science Center Forensics Laboratory in Charleston, S.C. and its staff are playing a leading role in advancing and standardizing the science of wildlife forensics nationally and internationally.
May 07, 2015 - Feature Story ,
A sample of whale tissue collected for forensic analysis

Partners Set in Motion Historic Venture to Reintroduce Salmon to the Yuba River

Spring-run Chinook salmon may once again return to their historical habitat high in the Sierra Nevadas.
May 06, 2015 - Feature Story ,

For the First Time, Scientists Tag a Loggerhead Sea Turtle off U.S. West Coast

Data from the satellite tag should help scientists understand what habitats loggerheads use and how to more effectively protect this endangered species.
May 06, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Over 20 Years of Commercial Fishing Data Collected

Are you a fan of Deadliest Catch or Wicked Tuna? Then you might be interested to know that observers from the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region Observer Program have been front and center during some equally dramatic and thrilling moments at sea over the years and they have a lot of valuable fishing data to show for it.
May 05, 2015 - Feature Story ,