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Citizen Science Spotlight: In it for the Long Haul

Longtime citizen scientists share why they first got involved with NOAA Fisheries programs and why they’ve continued volunteering over months, years, and even decades.
November 22, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Photos of three people appear side by side - a woman holding a bright red-orange fish, a man with glasses, and a man on a boat. The header of the photo reads "Citizen Science Spotlight." Photos courtesy of Marcy Dorflinger (left), Steve Leong (center), and Mark Sampson (right).

The 2023 Hawaiʻi Bottomfish Survey Harnesses Community Power for Sustainable Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries embarks on the 2023 Bottomfish Fishery-Independent Survey in Hawaiʻi. This one-of-a-kind survey, stretching from Ni‘ihau to Hawai‘i Island, helps NOAA scientists estimate the abundance of Hawai‘i “Deep 7” bottomfish.
September 20, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A fisher smiles while holding up a red and white fish, called an onaga, with both hands while out at sea. A local cooperative research fisherman holds an onaga caught during the annual Bottomfish Fishery-Independent Survey. Credit: Pacific Islands Fisheries Group

2022 Belugas Count!: NOAA Fisheries and Partners Invite Public to Help Count Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

After a 2-year pause, NOAA Fisheries and our partners are excited to announce the return of the Annual Belugas Count! event — Saturday, September 17, in the greater Anchorage area.
September 06, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Belugas Count logo

John “Jack” Casey: Internationally Recognized Shark Researcher, Mentor, and Narragansett Lab Co-Founder

In celebration of our 150th anniversary, we are highlighting people who helped build the foundation of fisheries and marine science. Meet Jack Casey, a pioneer in shark research.
August 23, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A scientist on the deck of a research ship at sea on a sunny day. He is holding a long pole with a sharp point at the end, used to insert tags into a shark’s fin.

Help Belugas

Members of the public are integral to helping NOAA Fisheries and our partners study and conserve Cook Inlet belugas.

Florida Fishermen Collect Data to Help Red Tide Response

Fishermen collect oceanographic data off of Florida’s Gulf Coast to help respond to the red tide event.
August 06, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Fish killed by red tide along Florida Gulf coast. Fish killed by red tide along Florida Gulf coast. Fish seen here along water line and in the wrack line. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Cooperative and Citizen Science on Puget Sound Rockfish

Working with the recreational fishing and SCUBA diving communities to collect data and measure recovery of endangered and threatened rockfish species in Puget Sound.

Citizen Scientists Help Count Deep-7 Bottomfish in Hawaiʻi

NOAA scientists are partnering with citizen scientists to count seven important bottomfish species.
September 15, 2020 - Feature Story ,

ADRIFT in the California Current

Studying marine mammals and ocean soundscape using drifting recorders.