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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 ,

November Takes a Bite Out of 'the Blob'

Warm expanse that heated up West Coast waters is beaten, but not yet broken.
December 10, 2015 - News ,

Atlantic Salmon Recovery: It Takes an Ecosystem

An interview with NOAA Fisheries biologist Rory Saunders.
December 07, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Alaska Fisheries Under Close Watch to Ensure Compliance

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement in Alaska regularly sees illegal activity related to the transferring and selling of recreational caught fish in other states. “It’s a big issue with halibut especially, but it’s also salmon and
December 05, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Northeast Looking to Grow Aquaculture Industry, Brings Together NMFS Offices for Guidance

As of the worldwide demand for seafood grows and wild stocks already being heavily fished there’s an increased interest in aquaculture. With the dynamic of the industry shifting, NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) has detailed Assistant Special Ag
December 03, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Vessel Speed Biggest Factor in Noise Affecting Killer Whales

The speed of vessels operating near endangered killer whales in Washington is the most influential factor — more so than vessel size — in how much noise from the boats reaches the whales.
December 02, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Celebrating 40 Years of the MSA: A National Journey of Science and Stewardship

A message from NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Eileen Sobeck.
November 24, 2015 - Leadership Message ,