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Podcast: Learn About NOAA Fisheries Surveys

January 11, 2022

Listen to the first episode of our new podcast, “Dive In with NOAA Fisheries.”

Diver records information on coral reefs Diver conducts towboard surveys at Midway Atoll. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.
NOAA ship approaching mountainous island.
Pollock survey in the Shumagin Islands, South of mainland Alaska. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

NOAA Fisheries conducts world-class science to support sustainable marine life and habitats. Our new podcast, “Dive In with NOAA Fisheries,” is about the work we do and the people behind it.

We have scientists, policy managers, enforcement officers and administrators based all across the country—in regional offices, science centers, and labs. NOAA Fisheries works with commercial and recreational fishermen, industry, local communities, and partners to bring science-based decision making and management to our oceans.

And it’s a huge job. It involves managing millions of square miles of ocean—almost 100,000 miles of coastline—and supporting a $244 billion fishing industry. Add to that the protection and rebuilding of endangered marine species and habitats, and it’s an enormous undertaking. It requires a deep knowledge and understanding of ocean conditions.

We’re kicking off with our first guest, Dr. Cisco Werner, NOAA Fisheries' Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor.

He'll explain 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.