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Warming in the Bering Sea Impacts Phytoplankton Bloom Type

Timing of spring phytoplankton blooms affects the food web.
December 22, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Satellite view of the Bering Sea during spring Bering Sea in bloom on May 15, 2002. Credit: NASA

Ipswich and Parker River Dam Removals in Massachusetts to Restore Fish and Protect Communities

With $2.5 million in funding through NOAA, the Ipswich River Watershed Association and Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries will address dams blocking fish passage and posing flood risks to towns.
December 13, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Field trip group visiting the Ipswich Mills Dam (Photo: Marilyn Humphries, courtesy of Ipswich River Watershed Association) Field trip group visiting the Ipswich Mills Dam (Photo: Marilyn Humphries, courtesy of Ipswich River Watershed Association)

New Hope for Puerto Rico’s Coral Reefs

With $10.6 million in new funding through NOAA, our long-time Puerto Rico partner Institute for Socio-Ecological Research is poised to restore coral reefs on a massive scale
December 04, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Coral reef in Tres Palmas, Puerto Rico (Photo: NOAA) Coral reef in Tres Palmas, Puerto Rico (Photo: NOAA)

ICCAT Adopts Key Measures to Ensure Science-based Management, Reduce Bycatch, and Set Robust Standards for Electronic Monitoring

The international organization also agreed to continue the important work begun this year to identify and address climate change impacts on ICCAT stocks and fisheries. Long-term management decisions on key stocks of North Atlantic swordfish and tropical tunas deferred until 2024.
November 30, 2023 - Feature Story ,
School of yellowfin tuna swimming underwater.

Oceanic Whitetip Sharks: A Plan for Recovery

Oceanic whitetip sharks, once abundant across the globe, are now listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. However, a forthcoming recovery plan is designed to help bring this species back from the brink.
An oceanic whitetip shark swims in the middle of the ocean. An oceanic whitetip shark swims near the surface of the water. Photo courtesy of John Carlson.

Coral Reef Fish Predictably Change With Depth, Except When People Are Present

A new study reveals that human impacts are changing our understanding of patterns in reef-fish communities across ocean depths.
November 28, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Multiple schools of colorful fish blanket a coral reef. Fish community on a reef offshore of Baker Island, a remote equatorial island. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jeff Milisen

Assessing Vulnerability of Fish and Invertebrates to Climate Change in the Southeast

New NOAA-led research reveals species in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic that may be most vulnerable or more resilient to climate change, as well as the reasons why.
November 06, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A colorful fish rests on a coral reef. Red grouper on a reef. Credit: NOAA Fisheries