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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

Warming in the Bering Sea Impacts Phytoplankton Bloom Type

Timing of spring phytoplankton blooms affects the food web.
December 22, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Satellite view of the Bering Sea during spring Bering Sea in bloom on May 15, 2002. Credit: NASA

2020 Ecosystem Monitoring of the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf: Hydrographic and Plankton Cruise Directory

Despite delays caused by the 2020 global pandemic, we completed coverage of the Mid-Atlantic region in the late winter.
July 14, 2022 - Data Set ,
 Microscopic view of a planktonic animal with long antennae, visible paired feeding appendages, and 5 pairs of legs with the modified fifth pair indicating that it is a male.

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

Enhancing Ocean Models to Predict Future Fish Stock Sizes

Scientists will conduct a 3-year project using 60+ years of field observations to improve biological, oceanographic, and climate models to help resource managers and fishermen better plan for the future.
August 19, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Close up view of zooplankton

Ocean and Ecosystem Observations on the Trinidad Head Line

Our research studies seasonal and interannual variability in the plankton ecosystem in coastal waters off northern California.