EcoFOCI: Forecasting Fisheries in a Warming Alaska
EcoFOCI is an innovative program that studies early life stages of fish and their prey, together with oceanographic conditions. The goal is to understand the effect of climate change on fisheries and ecosystems.
The DriX: A New Uncrewed Surface Vehicle to Support Fisheries Surveys
In the winter of 2022-2023, the DriX, a new uncrewed surface vehicle, was delivered & tested in preparation for field trials this summer during an acoustic-trawl fisheries survey in Alaska. Stay tuned for more information coming in the fall of 2023.
EcoFOCI Overview - Short
NOAA scientists are at the forefront of detecting regional and global climate change and its impacts on Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The EcoFOCI program, with its history of field and lab studies, helps us respond to our changing climate and ocean.
New Sighting of Right Whales Feeding in Bering Sea in Winter
In early February, commercial fishermen spotted at least two endangered North Pacific right whales among a large group of around 20 whales. This may be the first visual evidence of North Pacific right whales feeding in the Bering Sea in winter.
Alaska’s Ecosystem Status Report: A Collaborative Approach
Ecosystem scientists work collaboratively to develop Alaska’s Ecosystem Status Reports. These Reports support ecosystem-based fisheries management, which helps to keep Alaska’s groundfish and crab fisheries sustainable.
Lose the Loop!
This video describes what happens to lost and discarded trash and how it can attract the attention of sea lions and seals that can become entangled in it, suffer, and die. There are 3 things we can all do to help right now.
Rare Sighting of North Pacific Right Whales in Alaska
With only 30 animals left in the eastern stock of North Pacific right whales, sightings are incredibly rare and special. In August 2021, a team of NOAA biologists spotted 4 animals near Kodiak Island. This video shows two sighted in Barnabas Trough.
Listening for Whales: North Pacific Right Whale Research in the Gulf of Alaska
Jessica Crance describes observing, and listening to, North Pacific right whales in the Gulf of Alaska.
Marine Mammal Guidance for Recreational Anglers in Alaska
Alaska is known for its world class fishing and wildlife experiences. Here are some tips to help make sure you have a trip that is safe for you and the amazing animals you will see on your trip.
Yukon River Chinook Salmon Project
NOAA, Alaska DF&G, the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association, and local fishermen have studied Chinook salmon together for years. When the pandemic shut down these efforts, local communities started a citizen science project to fill the gap.
2020 Gulf of Alaska Ecosystems Status Report
This video highlights conditions in the Gulf of Alaska in 2020. The marine environment returned to more average sea surface temperatures after heatwave conditions in 2019. Food availability has improved, but some species are still being impacted.
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