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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 ,
photo of a trawler in the Gulf of Alaska

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.

The Effects of Climate Change on Sharks

Research into the effects of climate change on fish species and finding creative ways to adapt fisheries management is a priority for NOAA Fisheries.
July 26, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Schooling hammerhead sharks Schooling hammerhead sharks. Credit: iStock.

Celebrating Habitat Month 2021: Connecting Habitat, Climate, and Communities

Dive into Habitat Month and learn more about the role and connection of healthy coastal habitats to our nation’s communities and ecosystems as our climate changes.
July 20, 2021 - Feature Story ,
jmilisen_coralreef.jpg A lively reef in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, Hawaii (Baker Island). Credit: Jeff Milisen.