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Phytoplankton of the Northwest U.S. Shelf Ecosystem

Microscopic algae known as phytoplankton are the base of most marine food webs. Phytoplankton contain chlorophyll which is used to capture sunlight and convert carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and carbohydrates.

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A NOAA aerial survey crew gathers in front of a NOAA Twin Otter aircraft during a stop in Astoria, Oregon. A NOAA aerial survey crew gathers in front of a NOAA Twin Otter aircraft during a stop in Astoria, Oregon in 2014. From left: Lt. Michael Sandor Silagi, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations; Joel Schumacher, Scott Benson, and Tomoharu Eguchi, Southwest Fisheries Science Center; Camryn Allen, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center; Dan Prosperi, Southwest Fisheries Science Center; and Lt. Shanae Coker, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations.