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Climate Extreme Intensifies Conflict Between People and Whales

New research aims to find win-win solutions to reduce whale entanglements in the West Coast Dungeness crab fishery.
November 29, 2021 - Feature Story ,

Recent Climate-Driven Crises Heighten Focus on Reducing Impacts, Increasing Resilience and Adaptations to Changing Ocean Conditions

NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Janet Coit reflects on the urgency of addressing climate change and its impacts on marine ecosystems.
November 08, 2021 - Leadership Message ,
King Salmon Spawning King salmon spawning in a Pacific Northwest river. Credit: randimal

Buy Local: Building Our Local Seafood Economies and Promoting Local Seafood

NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Janet Coit provides her perspective on National Seafood Month and the critical role the U.S. seafood sector plays in our lives and the economy.
October 04, 2021 - Leadership Message ,
Six grilled Hog Island oysters drizzled in barbecue chipotle butter, on a serving dish with two small forks. Grilled oysters with BBQ chipotle butter. Credit: Hog Island Oyster Co.

Study Finds Growing Potential for Toxic Algal Blooms in the Alaskan Arctic

A warming Arctic presents potential new threats to humans and marine wildlife in the fast-changing region.
October 04, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Threee people on a deck of a ship are deploying equipment over the side into the ocean.

Northern Shrimp Population Collapse Linked to Warming Ocean Temperatures, Squid Predation

This study provides further evidence that as ecosystems reorganize due to climate change, species interactions will also change.
September 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A pile of brightly colored live shrimp with dark areas on the abdomen. Eyes, tentacles on the head, and segmented hard shells are clearly visible.

Central Gulf of Alaska Marine Heatwave Watch

The sea surface temperatures in the Central GOA have remained above the long-term (1982-2012) mean since August 18. However sea surface temperatures have not approached the 90th percentile between then and September 6.
September 08, 2021 - Feature Story ,

Discovering Deep-Sea Sponges in Alaska

Hundreds of species have yet to be described in the ecosystems that support Alaska’s valuable commercial fisheries.
September 02, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Underwater photo of a pink fish hiding inside a conical yellow sponge. A pregnant sharpchin rockfish shelters within a sponge on the seafloor off Alaska. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Multi-Year Effort To Observe Seafloor Habitats And Learn More About Deep-sea Corals And Sponges In Alaska

The four-year Alaska Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Initiative is part of an effort to improve our understanding of deep-sea coral communities and aid resource managers in developing and evaluating management options for these valuable habitats.
August 09, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Underwater photo of orange and white striped rockfish and sea urchins congregating around a large red tree coral on the seafloor. Rockfish and sea urchins congregate around a large red tree coral (Primnoa pacifica) in the Gulf of Alaska. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries.