Channel Islands Glass Sponge Mounds Discovery
Footage from the ROV during the 2021 expedition when the glass sponge patch was first found. The various organisms in this video and layers of white sponge and brown skeleton reveal the diverse biology and complexity of the California coast
Species in the Spotlight: Sacramento River Winter-Run Chinook
The Sacramento River system is home to the only winter-run Chinook salmon in the world. This unique population is cut off from its historical spawning and rearing habitat, and faces many other threats, but efforts are underway to help it recover.
Species in the Spotlight: Central California Coast Coho Salmon
Central California Coast coho make up the southern-most population of salmon in the U.S., inhabiting rivers and streams north and south of San Francisco Bay. These fish are in danger of extinction, but efforts are underway to bring them back.
Endangered Coho Salmon Released into Pescadero Creek
After years of collaboration on habitat restoration, and with the support of local landowners, 10,000 juvenile coho salmon were released into Pescadero Creek in northern California in November 2020.
Searching for Type D: A New Species of Killer Whale?
In January, 2019, an experienced group of killer whale biologists launched an expedition from the southern tip of Chile into some of the roughest waters in the world, searching for what could be a new species of killer whale.
Reeling to Rebuilding: Success for West Coast Groundfish Fisheries
Collaborative research between NOAA Fisheries and the commercial/sport fishing community has proven a recipe for success in the West Coast groundfish fishery. Nine of 10 overfished stocks have been rebuilt since 2000, and the future looks bright.
Reflections on the West Coast Groundfish Survey
On the West Coast, a unique collaboration has formed between fishermen and scientists to more effectively survey groundfish in response to major fisheries closures two decades ago. Members of this partnership celebrate this approach and the results.
A Commercial Fisherman’s Perspective on Getting Involved in Fisheries Management
Sportfishing Captain Joe Villareal decided to get involved in fisheries research and management when he saw cuts introduced to the West Coast groundfish fishery as a result of overfishing two decades ago. In this video, learn why.
Dungeness Crabs in Changing Waters: Research on Ocean Acidification
Research suggests that Dungeness crabs are sensitive to the increasing acidity of our oceans. This research will help answer the question of how ocean acidification affects Dungeness crab and will inform strategies to sustain this robust fishery.
Abalone: A Forgotten California Treasure
Abalone are iconic part of California coastal history, but populations have declined so steeply that multiple species have been listed as endangered and current generation of Californian’s have forgotten about this coastal treasure.
Southern California Steelhead: A Forgotten Treasure
Once abundant enough to support a recreational fishery, southern California steelhead are now listed as endangered due to habitat loss with many southern California residents forgetting they share the landscape with this coastal treasure.
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