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California Current Ecosystem Shows Resilience To Strong El Niño

The 2023–2024 California Current Ecosystem Status Report shows an abundance of forage fish and a productive system fueled by upwelling.
March 11, 2024 - Feature Story ,
NOAA diver conducting an underwater survey NOAA divers conducting annual 2023 underwater kelp forest surveys in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: Steve Lonhart, NOAA.

Seal and Sea Lion Week

Join us for a week-long celebration of seals and other pinnipeds and get the scoop on NOAA's seal conservation efforts.
An animation showing several species of seals in their native habitats with the words "Seal & Sea Lion Week" across the top. Seal & Sea Lion Week is March 11-15, 2024.

Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month by meeting some of our colleagues across the country and getting a closer look at their many contributions.
March 08, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Genevieve wears a tan ballcap, dirty clothes, and field boots in a marsh. Her right foot is on top of a cooler and her hands are on her hips.

Meet Joy Merino, Fisheries Biologist

As part of the Faces of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center series, meet Joy Merino.
March 08, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A woman smiles in front of a bush with bright pink flowers Joy at home in Lafayette, Louisiana. Photo provided by Joy Merino.

Deaths of Young Dolphin, Humpback Calf Highlight the Importance of Responsible Boating

In February 2024, NOAA Fisheries and partners responded to a dead spinner dolphin yearling and a dead humpback whale calf in Hawaiʻi. Examinations revealed their deaths were likely due to vessel strikes.
March 07, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A mother humpback whale swims beneath its calf to support it on the ocean surface as a researcher on a nearby boat leans over the railing holding a pole underwater to assess the condition of the call. NOAA researchers with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback National Marine Sanctuary assess an injured humpback whale calf off of Maui. The calf had suspected vessel strike injuries to its tail. Credit: Pacific Whale Foundation (NOAA Fisheries Permit #24359)

Enhancing Wild Red King Crab Populations Through Hatchery-Rearing Programs

Scientists examine effects of release timing and size at release on survival of hatchery-reared red king crab.
March 07, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Tiny red crab with spikes Underwater photograph of a juvenile red king crab. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Chris Long

Gulf Coast: Oyster Shell Recycling Key to Sustainable Seafood and Coastal Protection

With $5 million in NOAA funds, Gulf Coast partners will expand efforts to restore oyster populations, protect vanishing land, and reconnect communities to their coastal heritage.
March 06, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Volunteers build an oyster reef from recycled oyster shells (Photo: Galveston Bay Foundation) Volunteers build an oyster reef from recycled oyster shells (Photo: Galveston Bay Foundation)

Women's History Month: Talking with Gillian Phillips

Celebrating Women’s History Month with ecology technician Gillian Phillips—her science journey, what she loves about her job, what advice she has for the next generation of women scientists, and more!
March 06, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Two people wearing blue hard hats and orange winter work gear maneuver an oyster aquaculture cage on the back deck of a research vessel. The water is calm and the sky is blue and cloudless.