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Unsettled Pacific Ocean Offers Surprises as Climate Change Alters Ecosystem

New Ecosystem Status Report cites shakeup of familiar ecological relationships.
March 06, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Big Sur coastline

West Coast Species on the Move as Climate Change Drives Ecological Shifts, Analysis Shows

New vulnerability assessment finds vulnerable species have complex habitat needs.
February 21, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Run of salmon

Learning More about “Dark” Fishing Vessels' Activities at Sea

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement is exploring technology innovations and limitations in the ongoing fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.
November 02, 2022 - Feature Story ,
IUU fishing boat

New Snapshot of California Current Shows a System of Extremes

Ecosystem provides good forage for many species according to the latest California Current Ecosystem Status Report.
March 15, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Big Sur coastline

Ocean Heatwaves Dramatically Shift Habitats

“Thermal displacement” reflects how far species must go to follow preferred temperatures.
August 05, 2020 - Feature Story ,

eDNA Expands Species Surveys to Capture a More Complete Picture

Casting a genetic net, eDNA identified more marine vertebrates than traditional surveys but has its limits.
December 19, 2019 - Feature Story ,
scientists lower eDNA sampling bottles Collin Closek Stanford U.JPG

Temperature Observations To Avoid Loggerheads Tool Supports Turtle Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries scientists have developed a new experimental dynamic ocean management tool called TOTAL – Temperature Observations To Avoid Loggerheads - to reduce accidental catches of protected loggerhead turtles in fishing nets.
September 05, 2019 - News ,

West Coast Salmon Vulnerable to Climate Change, but Some Show Resilience to Shifting Environment

We assessed Pacific salmon’s vulnerability to changing climate and ocean conditions to better understand these changes and their impact on different population groups of Pacific salmon. The report, the second in a series of planned NOAA Fisheries’ vulnerability assessments, focuses on the 33 threatened and endangered Pacific salmon and steelhead population groups (technically defined as distinct population segments and evolutionarily significant units) of greatest concern.
July 25, 2019 - Feature Story ,

New Research Helps Managers and Ship Crews Predict Locations of Blue Whales so Ships Can Maintain Safe Distances

A new model based on daily oceanographic data and the movements of tagged whales has opened the potential for stakeholders to see where in the ocean endangered blue whales are most likely to be so that ships can avoid hitting them.
July 09, 2019 - News ,