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Dive In With NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries conducts world-class science to support sustainable marine life and habitats. We manage millions of square miles of ocean—almost 100,000 miles of coastline, support a $244 billion fishing industry, and protect and rebuild endangered marine species and habitats. It’s a huge job.

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Episode 7: Evolving Science and Surveys in the Birthplace of NOAA Fisheries

John Sheehan speaks with Dr. Jon Hare, the Director of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, about the truly amazing breadth of science we conduct within Northeast waters. He also talks to Dr. Danielle Cholewiak, who explains how technology has evolved to help us study North Atlantic right whales.

Episode 6: Adapting to the Future: Two NOAA Scientists Discuss New Global Report on Climate Change

In this episode, John Sheehan talks with Dr. Kirstin Holsman and Dr. Libby Jewett. They share insights on some of the very real challenges of climate change, as well some actionable information. 

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Episode 5: Sustainable Seafood: An Interview with Janet Coit, NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator

Hear from Janet Coit, NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator, on a number of major themes and how they relate to our role in ensuring sustainable seafood, including the pandemic, climate change, working waterfronts, and more.

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Episode 4: Collecting Data on Diverse West Coast Waters

Our latest podcast explores the ways our scientists survey West Coast waters from two perspectives: the northwest and southwest. Hear from two science center directors who frequently work together despite being more than a thousand miles apart, as well as Dr. Noelle Bowlin, the head of the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) program. 

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Episode 3: Surveying Alaska's Waters

We continue our kickoff series on surveys (or data collection) by looking at the Alaska region, an area that is, in a word … humongous. We are responsible for about 1.5 million square nautical miles of this area. With so much ground to cover, our scientists collect data in a variety of ways, whether it's samples from the water column, or pulling information from satellites, buoys, and autonomous vehicles. 

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Episode 2: Checking In on Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

We talk with Dr. Megan Wallen, a marine mammal specialist from NOAA Fisheries' West Coast Region, who led the 5-year review of Southern Resident killer whales. Follow along and find out more about how the population is doing.

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Episode 1: Learn About NOAA Fisheries Surveys

Our first guest, Dr. Cisco Werner, is NOAA Fisheries' Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor. He explains an elemental piece of NOAA Fisheries' work: surveys. For 150 years, our scientists and partners have conducted field surveys, gathering data to understand current and changing ocean conditions and monitor marine life. Dr. Werner talks about the importance of these surveys and how they’ve been changing due to climate change and the ongoing pandemic.

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Meet the Host

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John Sheehan is the host of "Dive In With NOAA Fisheries." He previously created, developed, and supported podcasts for WHYY, Philadelphia's leading source of public media. He was also a producer on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and created the children's adventure podcast "Eleanor Amplified."