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Looking Back at The Blob - Chapter 2: Marine Heat Wave Intensifies, “Completely Off the Chart”

Temperatures of up to 7 degrees Fahrenheit above normal disrupted the marine ecosystem in both expected and surprising ways.
October 01, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Many coho salmon that went to sea during the Blob years struggled to find food, appearing thin compared to more successful fish.

New Marine Heatwave Emerges off West Coast, Resembles "the Blob"

Researchers are monitoring a new marine heatwave off the West Coast for effects on the marine ecosystem.
September 05, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Sea surface temperature anomaly maps show temperatures above normal in orange and red.

Sea Tales: Monitoring Coral Reef Ecosystems Throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago

Follow us during our 2019 field season!
July 05, 2019 - Survey ,
Image of the Oscar Elton Sette at her home port, Ford Island.

Ecosystem Status Reports for the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

The goals of the Ecosystem Status Reports are to provide stronger links between ecosystem research and fishery management and spur new understanding of the connections between ecosystem components by bringing together the results of diverse research

Ecosystem Based Fishery Management Implementation Plans Released

Regional and national plans identify priority ecosystem-based fishery management actions and milestones for the next five years.
May 13, 2019 - Feature Story ,

Scientific Teams Set Out to Track Unprecedented Changes in the Eastern Bering Sea

Over the past five years winter atmospheric conditions that influence the Bering Sea have been markedly different from previous years. Strong, warm winds out of the south—sometimes lasting more than 30 days—have forced sea ice northward. Water
April 18, 2019 - Feature Story ,
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2018 Status of Alaska Marine Ecosystems Considerations - Eastern Bering Sea Report in Brief

The eastern Bering Sea was characterized by anomalously warm conditions in 2018. Over the northern shelf, an unprecedented near-complete lack of sea ice occurred; the southeastern shelf had no sea ice and no cold pool (footprint of winter sea ice
February 14, 2019 - Other Reports ,

2018 Assessment of the Arrowtooth Flounder Stock in the Eastern Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

Arrowtooth flounder (Atheresthes stomias) are relatively large flatfish that range from central California to the eastern Bering Sea (EBS), and as far west as the Kuril Islands (Orlov 2004). Arrowtooth flounder occur in waters from about 20m to 800m,
January 29, 2019 - Assessments ,

2018 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Report for the Groundfish Resources of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Regions

The Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) report summarizes the best available scientific information concerning the past, present, and possible future condition of the stocks, marine ecosystems, and fisheries that are managed under Federal
January 29, 2019 - Assessments ,

2018 Assessment of the Pacific Cod Stock in the Aleutian Islands

Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) is a transoceanic species, ranging from Santa Monica Bay, California, northward along the North American coast; across the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea north to Norton Sound; and southward along the Asian coast from the
January 29, 2019 - Assessments ,