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.
CalCOFI: An Important Partnership for Marine Resource Management in California
The CalCOFI program has implemented decades of survey research along the California Current Ecosystem to investigate how environmental conditions and fishing activity affect Pacific sardine and other coastal pelagic species populations.
Killer Whales at Night: Helping Protect Southern Residents
Little is known about what killer whales do at night. To learn more, scientists use suction cup tags called DTAGs that can monitor whales’ nighttime behavior and responses to noise. Learn how this new information could help better protect the whales.
Leatherback Turtles: Understanding the Pacific Population
Leatherbacks have some of the longest migrations of any animal on Earth. Scientists study their movements using satellite tags and their diets using camera tags. Learn where they go, what they eat, and how to help this highly endangered species.
NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program: Southwest Region Alumni Workshop
NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program Southwest Region Alumni Workshop in La Jolla, CA. Winter 2017. Produced and filmed by Ryan Hawk, http://www.ryanhawk.com Teacher photos courtesy TAS alumni participants.
Biodiversity: ARMS Gather Who's Hiding in Puget Sound
On March 26, 2018, a team of NOAA scientists retrieved three biodiversity monitoring structures (called ARMS) from the bottom of Puget Sound, near the Nisqually Delta. Check out all the cool critters they found, and why they are doing this research.
Saildrones: Cutting Edge Technology for Ocean Research
Autonomous, ocean-going vessels have been launched from Alaska for oceanic research in the Bering Sea. NOAA has partnered with Saildrone, Inc., to take a look at important Walleye pollock fish stocks, track Northern fur seals and locate right whales.
Recovering the Southern Resident Killer Whale with Research and Conservation
Learn what scientists have discovered studying the endangered Southern Resident killer whales. See the science behind recovering this charismatic creature, from collecting their poop to tracking them using satellite tags.
White Abalone Collection: First Time in 12 Years
Biologists collect the first white abalone from the ocean since 2004. White abalone are functionally extinct in the ocean so their only hope for recovery is a captive breeding program currently being supported by NOAA Fisheries in California.
Spotlight on the Southern Resident Killer Whale--An Interview with NOAA Fisheries Biologist Lynne Barre
The Pacific Northwest is home to critically endangered orcas, the Southern Resident Killer Whales, consisting of the J, K, and L pods or clans. NOAA research advances in an intense effort to understand, provide new data, and minimize threats to them.
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