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2022 Ecosystem Monitoring of the Northeast US Continental Shelf: Hydrographic and Plankton Cruise Directory

Shelf-wide collections of hydrographic measurements and plankton abundances continued to support many NOAA programs in the northeast region in 2022.

Ecosystem Monitoring of the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf: Survey Details

Every year, we sample the water column over the Northeast U.S. continental shelf throughout the year and make that data accessible to everyone

Local Human Impacts Disrupt Depth-Dependent Zonation of Tropical Reef Fish Communities

We assess whether a depth gradient consistently predicts variation in reef fish biomass.
September 25, 2023 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Near-Island Enhancement in Mesopelagic Micronekton Assemblages off Hawaiʻi

Here we show that the nearshore environment off the west coast of Hawaiʻi exhibits an increased biomass and abundance of mesopelagic micronekton.
September 22, 2023 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

EcoFOCI Cruise - Post 4

EcoFOCI's Spring Mooring Cruise

EcoFOCI’s spring mooring cruise departed Dutch Harbor on May 10. This annual survey provides baseline fisheries & oceanographic data to support ongoing management of our nation's fisheries and marine life in the Bering Sea & rapidly changing U.S. Arctic.
June 15, 2022 - Research ,
A sonobuoy is deployed over the port rail. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Low-Oxygen Waters Off Washington, Oregon Coasts Risk Becoming Large “Dead Zones”

Oceanic measurements collected during a scientific cruise on NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown last week confirmed that a large area of poorly oxygenated water (known as hypoxia) is growing off the coast of Washington and Oregon. 
July 23, 2021 - Feature Story ,
The NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown is currently sampling waters off the western U.S. during the 2021 West Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise.

NOAA Fisheries Releases New Video Looking At Environmental Conditions In The Gulf Of Alaska In 2020

The video highlights findings in Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s 2020 Ecosystem Status Report for the Gulf of Alaska
April 30, 2021 - Media Release ,
Still image infographic from the 2020 Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem Status Report Video showing the contributions of  environmental processes, predators, prey and competitors to stock assessments.

NOAA’s Long History of Water Column Sampling in the Northeast

What started as ocean exploration in 1912 is now a broadly focused, long-term program. We supply critical information to climate research and predictions, fisheries and protected species management, and basic science.

Surface Slicks are Pelagic Nurseries for Diverse Ocean Fauna

Ocean features called surface slicks are an interconnected superhighway of nursery habitat for more than 100 marine species—a hidden world just below the surface.
February 04, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Slick Nursery Diversity Composite image showing examples of the remarkable diversity of larval and juvenile fish and invertebrates found living in surface slick nurseries along West Hawai’i.

Slick Nurseries Storymap Images

Slick Nurseries Storymap Images and Video
January 21, 2021 - Photo Gallery ,
Surface sunset damsel larval stages