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How Oil Affects Fish Populations: 25 Years of Research Since Exxon Valdez

When Exxon Valdez ran aground 25 years ago, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound, the results were plainly visible on the nightly news: fouled beaches, oiled carcasses, and closed fisheries. Responders worked to
March 24, 2014 - Feature Story ,

Secret Route of Sea Turtles Revealed for First Time

Scientists recently mapped the migration routes of baby loggerhead sea turtles for the first time. It took four scientists and one manicurist to make this breakthrough possible.
March 11, 2014 - Feature Story ,

Removing Barrier Opens 40 Miles of Habitat to Threatened Steelhead in California Creek

For more than a century, a concrete wall stood in the way of steelhead reaching their prime spawning and rearing habitat in San Francisquito Creek, a tributary to south San Francisco Bay.
February 27, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Rocky, dry riverbed Bonde Weir before removal and reconstruction. Credit: NOAA

Observers Serve Vital Role for Fisheries

Observers are independent field biologists that are deployed aboard commercial fishing boats and at-sea processing facilities, and their work is vital to NOAA's mission of ensuring the economic and ecological sustainability of US fisheries.
February 26, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Standard equipment that observers take on each trip, approximately $13,000 worth of supplies. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Heart Failure in Fish Exposed to Oil Spills

Even low levels of oil pollution can damage the developing hearts of fish embryos and larvae, reducing the likelihood that those fish will survive.
February 13, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Image from May 25, approximately 12 miles east of Pass a Loutre, Louisiana, showing dark brown and red emulsion. Credit: NOAA

A Changing Climate in Fisheries Management

How will we manage fish populations as the climate changes? NOAA Fisheries biologist John Manderson is working on one small piece of the puzzle.
February 13, 2014 - Podcast ,
Temperature map of the ocean in the Northeast Atlantic

How Many Cowcod Rockfish Populations Are Out There?

Since being declared overfished in 2000, cowcod (Sebastes levis) has been managed for recovery as a continuous population throughout its range, from the U.S.–Mexico border to just north of Cape Mendocino, California. But what if it’s more than one population?
January 27, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Deckhand Paul Hansen displays cowcod specimens caught aboard the F/V Aggressor during the 2007 Hook and Line Survey

Fisheries of the United States, 2013

Each year NOAA Fisheries compiles key fisheries statistics from the previous year into an annual snapshot documenting fishing’s importance to the nation. The 2013 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, 2014 - Feature Story ,

Indicators of Fishing Engagement and Reliance of Alaskan Fishing Communities

Alaska Fisheries Science Center Quarterly Report.
January 01, 2014 - Feature Story ,

Killer Whales in Distress

Scientists are working to understand why the population of Southern Resident killer whales isn’t rebounding, and what we can do to help them recover.
December 23, 2013 - Podcast ,
A Southern Resident killer whale leaps into the air. Credit: NOAA