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Closure of 2022 Maine Pinniped Unusual Mortality Event

The Unusual Mortality Event involving stranded harbor and gray seals along the coast of Maine has ended.
January 16, 2024 - Feature Story ,
HPAI Testing on a seal. Marine Mammals of Maine take nasal swabs from a harbor seal for HPAI testing. Credit: Marine Mammals of Maine

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Issues a Fishery Disaster Determination for the Squaxin Island Tribe Salmon Fishery

NOAA Fisheries will provide guidance on the development of applications for federal financial assistance.
January 12, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Close-up of two chum salmon at the bottom of murky water. Can see rocks below the fish. Chum salmon. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Documenting the Elusive North Pacific Right Whale

North Atlantic right whales get a lot of attention. In this episode, we learn a little about their lesser known West Coast cousins: North Pacific right whales, whose numbers are dramatically low.
January 11, 2024 - Podcast ,
north-pacific-right-whale.jpg North Pacific right whale. Credit: Brenda K. Rone

Ox Creek Restoration Key to Environmental Justice in Benton Harbor, Michigan

To revitalize Benton Harbor, NOAA is helping to restore an urban waterway damaged by decades of industrial pollution, storm water runoff, and neglect.
January 11, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Project partners, Benton Harbor city officials, and residents celebrate the Ox Creek restoration efforts (Photo: Zaire Williams/Benton Spirit News) Project partners, Benton Harbor city officials, and residents celebrate the Ox Creek restoration efforts (Photo: Zaire Williams/Benton Spirit News)

Resolve to Meet (and Eat) New Seafood

This year, explore overlooked sustainable seafood options to discover a world of flavors.
January 09, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Potato crusted halibut

New Funding Reinvigorates Efforts to Recover Upper Willamette River Chinook Salmon and Steelhead

With $27 million in funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, NOAA is supporting four major projects to bring threatened salmon and trout species back to Oregon’s Willamette River watershed.
January 02, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Chinook Salmon (Photo: NOAA) Chinook Salmon (Photo: NOAA)

Reliable Shark Taggers Make Citizen Science Program Possible

The Cooperative Shark Tagging Program owes much of its continued success to the volunteers who adhere to NOAA Fisheries’ tagging standards.
December 27, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Shark in the water with a tag next to its first dorsal fin. Blacktip shark with a dart tag at the base of its first dorsal fin. Credit: NOAA Fisheries