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Assessing Methods to Provide Early Warning of Paralytic Shellfish Toxin Events

NOAA Fisheries is working with partners to find the most accurate and effective methods to predict harmful algal blooms in Southeast Alaska.
April 09, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Microscope image of algae Alexandrium catenella is the main species of algae that produces paralytic shellfish toxin in Southeast Alaska. Credit: University of Alaska Fairbanks/Courtney Hart.

Influence of Climate on Young Salmon Provides Clues to Future of World’s Largest Sockeye Run

New insight on how climate drives salmon survival provides key information for sustainable management and resilient fishing communities.
April 08, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Photo of two red and green, breeding adult sockeye salmon in a river with gravel bottom Adult sockeye salmon. Credit: Masahide Kaeriyama, Hokkaido University.

Developing Alternative Fisheries Management Scenarios to Respond to Climate Change

Scientists collaborate with stakeholders to evaluate scenarios that predict changes in the distribution and abundance of commercially important fish and shellfish due to climate change.
April 05, 2024 - Feature Story ,
On a hill looking out to two bodies of water and snowy mountains in the distance Port of Dutch Harbor and the village of Unalaska in the Aleutian Chain on the edge of the southeastern Bering Sea. Dutch Harbor the largest fishing port by volume in the U.S. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Paul Hillman.

Spring News Roundup

A roundup of recent headlines from around the agency—hear about new Hawaiian monk seal pups, environmental DNA, new fish species, killer whale diversity, and more.
March 29, 2024 - Podcast ,
A black and white Southern Resident killer whale leaping out of the water. The fin of another whale is visible and a boat and mountains are in the background. A Southern Resident killer whale leaps out of the water. Credit: Candace Emmons

Life on an Active Volcano: Fur Seals Adapt to a Changing Landscape on Bogoslof Island - Part 2

Volcanic eruptions at Bogoslof have changed the landscape dramatically. It’s home to a thriving breeding ground of northern fur seals. Scientists monitor the fur seal population every 4 years to understand how they respond to such a dynamic environment.
March 13, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of Bogoslof Island in June 2022 showing the impact of the volcanic eruption from 2019 Aerial survey imagery from June 2022 along with a white outline showing the former size in 2019. Erosion has changed the island dramatically since it tripled in size after the eruptions in 2016-2017. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Alexey Altukhov and Burlyn Birkemeier.

Marine Heatwaves Reshape the Northern California Current Ecosystem

A new study highlights marine heatwaves' complex and cascading effects on marine ecosystems. While some species may benefit from these changes, others are likely to struggle.
March 13, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Pyrosomes of various sizes placed on top of a ruler for scale Pyrosomes caught in a net tow during ocean monitoring along the coast of Oregon. Pyrosomes are free-floating colonial tunicates. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

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.