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Low-Oxygen Waters Off Washington, Oregon Coasts Risk Becoming Large “Dead Zones”

Oceanic measurements collected during a scientific cruise on NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown last week confirmed that a large area of poorly oxygenated water (known as hypoxia) is growing off the coast of Washington and Oregon. 
July 23, 2021 - Feature Story ,
The NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown is currently sampling waters off the western U.S. during the 2021 West Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise.

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
02/22/2022 - 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

Long-Running Plankton Survey to Resume in the Gulf of Maine

One of the longest running biological monitoring surveys in the Northwest Atlantic will resume plankton sampling this winter. Plankton are food for endangered North Atlantic right whales and many other marine species.
October 22, 2020 - Feature Story ,
A continuous plankton recorder is lowered into the water for towing behind a commercial vessel. A continuous plankton recorder is lowered behind a commercial vessel for towing along a regular route between ports.

Ocean and Ecosystem Observations on the Trinidad Head Line

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

Looking Down To Improve The View From Above

Researchers are working to improve the quality of data collected by satellites more than 500 miles above the ocean. Their goal: determining how microscopic algae, also known as phytoplankton, absorb and scatter light, and how the colors of the phytoplankton can be better identified and measured.
November 06, 2018 - Feature Story ,
Trichodesmium bloom (light area) off the bow.

Nocturnal Visual Census of Pelagic Fauna Using Scuba Near Kona, Hawai‘i

Evaluation of pelagic plankton community structure as observed on nighttime scuba dives and compared with environmental data.
September 25, 2018 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Alaska Ichthyoplankton Distribution Map

North Pacific ichthyoplankton data from surveys between 1972 and 2009.
September 12, 2018 - Map ,