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Studying Fur Seal and Sea Lion Populations in Sunny Southern California - Blog Post 1

Travels to Sunny Southern California for Population Studies of Seals and Sea Lions

Join Alaska Fisheries Science Center researchers as they continue long-term studies of the populations of pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, fur seals) at San Miguel Island, California.
July 23, 2024 - Research ,
Intern sitting on a hill with binoculars looking down to a rookery Intern Chris Moon searching for marked California sea lions on San Miguel Island. Credit: NOAA Fisheries / Sharon Melin.

Studying Ice Seals in the Bering Sea - Post #2

NOAA Fisheries scientists conduct several regular surveys and field projects on seals that make their homes on Arctic sea ice to gather information to be used to manage these seal populations.
July 23, 2024 - Survey ,
Spotted seal female nursing pup on a sea ice floe Female spotted seal nurses her pup on an ice floe in the Bering Sea. Photo taken while working under authority of NMFS Research Permit #23858.

Barcode Breakthroughs: Revolutionizing Fisheries Science With Technology

An Inside Look at the 2023 Fall Groundfish Survey

We tested a new barcoding system onboard the NOAA Ship Oregon II to increase efficiency in our fisheries data collection process.
July 23, 2024 - Survey ,
An orange sky shines over the back deck of a boat Sunrise on the back deck of the Oregon II. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Hannah Shahmoradi.

Kicking Off the 2024 Marine Mammal and Seabird Survey, Year 2

Collecting Information to Restore Marine Mammals and Seabirds in the Gulf of Mexico

Join the voyage as scientists explore the Gulf of Mexico collecting data on marine mammals and seabirds.
July 19, 2024 - Survey ,
Tracklines zigzag through the northern Gulf of Mexico. Planned tracklines for the 2024 Vessel Survey for Abundance and Distribution of Marine Mammals and Seabirds in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Fenway and Her New Calf’s Journey North to Canada

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Marine mammal observer Alison Ogilvie and others spotted a familiar North Atlantic right whale during their summer aerial surveys in Canada. Beloved Fenway and her calf successfully made the more than 2,000-nautical-mile trip to the feeding grounds.
July 18, 2024 - Survey ,
A North Atlantic mom and calf pair swim at the surface of the ocean.

Net-Working in the Pacific

A team of scientists recently collected marine organisms with large nets to help better understand the biological composition of our ocean. Learn about these tools that help our scientists "net-work" all around the ocean.
July 03, 2024 - Research ,
The right image shows the tucker trawl half submerged in the ocean with the sky visible in the background. Tucker trawl in the water just after deployment. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Johanna Wren

Photos from the Fall Groundfish Survey

An Inside Look at the 2023 Fall Groundfish Survey

Take a look at some of the species that were caught during Leg 1 of the 2023 fall groundfish survey!
July 02, 2024 - Survey ,
two crew members stand on the back deck of a ship, organizing an array of orange baskets Scientists and crew on the back deck of the Oregon II preparing to sort another catch from the trawl net. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Hannah Shahmoradi

Not All Seeds Are Grown On Land

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Research fishery biologist Sandy Sutherland visited a shellfish farm in New Jersey to learn what they do and how her research can help them.
July 01, 2024 - Research ,
Several dozen baby oysters each about the size of an eraser head rest in the palm of a person’s hand.

The Delicious Draw of Hudson Canyon

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Research fish biologist Brigid McKenna and other North Atlantic Right Whale team members discovered 45 right whales likely feeding in and around Hudson Canyon during a recent multi-day aerial survey of the area.
June 23, 2024 - Survey ,
A North Atlantic right whale swimming at the surface of the ocean.