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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

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 ,

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 ,

New Research Reveals Clearer Picture of Upwelling That Feeds West Coast Marine Ecosystem

Scientists describe new “upwelling indices,” which represent a breakthrough in understanding the biological engine that drives the West Coast marine ecosystem.
May 09, 2019 - Feature Story ,

New Tool Helps Fisheries Avoid Protected Species In Near Real Time

Learn more about EcoCast—a dynamic ocean management tool that aims to minimize fisheries bycatch and maximize fisheries target catch in near real time.
May 31, 2018 - Feature Story ,

New Tool Helps Fisheries Avoid Protected Species In Near Real Time

New computer-generated daily maps will help fishermen locate the most productive fishing spots in near real-time while warning them where they face the greatest risk of entangling sea turtles, marine mammals, and other protected species.
May 30, 2018 - News ,

New Forecast Tool Helps Ships Avoid Blue Whale Hotspots

Scientists have long used satellite tags to track blue whales along the West Coast, learning how the largest animals on the planet find enough small krill to feed on to support their enormous size.
November 29, 2016 - News ,
720x411-News-Whale-SWFSC.png A blue whale surfaces near shipping traffic off Southern California. Credit: John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective.