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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 ,

Atlantic Salmon Recovery: It Takes an Ecosystem

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

Mystery in the Western Aleutian Islands

Overall the harbor seal population in Alaskan waters is fairly healthy.  But there are some places like the western Aleutian Islands, where harbor seal populations have declined and scientists still don’t know why. 
November 12, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Scientists Produce Most Comprehensive List To Date of Fish Species in the Salish Sea

Two scientists compiled the most comprehensive list to date of documented fish species.
November 09, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Alaska’s Secret Gardens

Aleutian Island coral gardens hold secrets - some that may save lives.
November 03, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Tests Find Algal Toxin Affected Wildlife From California to Washington

Testing of samples from marine wildlife during an unprecedented harmful algal bloom on the West Coast in recent months detected indicate potentially widespread effects of the bloom in marine food webs.
November 03, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Oncoming El Niño Likely to Continue Species Shakeup in Pacific

One-two punch of El Niño and "warm blob" could boost coastal temperatures and supercharge storms
October 02, 2015 - Feature Story ,
Crews from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center caught two large ocean sunfish far to the north of where the species usually occurs. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries

For Endangered Salmon in California, a Very Measured Sip of Cold Water

With Chinook salmon facing lethally high stream temperatures, scientists deploy a new device to help manage the dwindling supply of cold water that the fish need to survive.
September 08, 2015 - Feature Story ,

A Warming Bering Sea: What Does It Mean for Walleye Pollock?

Scientists launch a special cruise to find missing links connecting climate and fisheries.
August 31, 2015 - Feature Story ,
Close up view of zooplankton

New Comprehensive Bering Sea Climate Change Study To Focus On Fish And Fishing And Provide Insights For Management In A Changing Marine Environment

The southeastern Bering Sea is an enormously productive ecosystem. It produces over 40% of the nation’s total annual fish catch. The pollock fishery operates here -- one of the nation’s most important commercial fisheries in both annual yield and valu
August 26, 2015 - Feature Story ,