Stock Assessment

Species on the MoveInternational Conference - Species on the Move

February 9, 2016

NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology is co-sponsoring Species on the Move, the first major international conference focusing on climate-related shifts in species distributions. The conference will convene in Hobart, Australia, February 9-12, bringing together scientists and managers from multiple disciplines to expand understanding about the mechanisms, implications and responses to climate mediated changes in species and ecosystems. To learn more, click here.


Map of Atlantic ocean salinity and temperatureSoutheastern Bering Sea Draft Climate Regional Action Plan

February 3, 2016

Climate-related changes in ocean ecosystems are impacting the nation's marine species and the people, businesses and communities that depend on them. Today, NOAA Fisheries released a draft Climate Science Regional Action Plan for the southeastern Bering Sea to help address key climate-related information needs in this Region as called for in the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy. We are seeking input from partners, stakeholders and the public to strengthen the draft plan, which we intend to finalize by fall, 2016. To learn more about the draft Regional Action Plan, click here.


Map of Atlantic ocean salinity and temperatureNortheast Fish and Shellfish Climate Vulnerability Assessment

February 3, 2016

NOAA Fisheries and OAR scientists have recently published an assessment of the climate vulnerability of 82 species of Northeast fish and invertebrates in the online journal PLOS ONE. The Northeast Fish Stock Climate Vulnerability Assessment identifies those species that are most likely to experience changes in abundance or distribution under projected future climate and ocean conditions. The results are designed to help fisheries scientists and managers identify where additional research or management actions may be needed to help reduce impacts and increase resilience. To learn more click here.


Map of Atlantic ocean salinity and temperatureNorthwest Atlantic Ocean May Get Warmer, Sooner

January 13, 2016

A new study by NOAA researchers suggests future warming of ocean waters off the Northeastern U.S. may be greater and occur at an even faster rate than previously projected. Read more here.



Call for Nominations — Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

January 4, 2016

Who’s leading the way for climate-smart natural resource conservation? Who’s safeguarding natural resources and the people who depend on them in a changing climate? Nominate the individuals or organizations you think are making a difference to understand, prepare for or respond to climate impacts on natural resources. Deadline for nominations is January 22, 2016. Learn more here. Nominate here.



Making the connection between healthy inshore habitat and offshore fisheries

December 30, 2015

Many surveys of ocean fish occur offshore where the adults spend much of their lives.  However, inshore habitats ranging from rivers to tidal lagoons provide shelter and protection to the early life stages of these marine species.  Understanding these connections can be important to maintaining healthy, sustainable fisheries.  Around the country NOAA Fisheries is supporting innovative research to improve the use of habitat information in fisheries management.  A recent article by Pew Charitable Trusts highlights the importance of this research to marine fisheries.  Learn more about the NOAA Fisheries Habitat Science Program by clicking here.



NOAA Funds Seven New Projects to Increase Understanding and Response to Climate Impacts on U.S. Fisheries

December 18, 2015

NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology has teamed up with the NOAA Research Climate Program Office to study the impacts of a changing climate on the fish and fisheries of the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem. Together, these offices are providing $5.0 million in grant funding over the next three years to support seven new projects. Click here to learn more.


A NOAA scientist teaches two students during the Hour of Code event.

Cracking the Code:  NOAA Fisheries scientists introduce students to the power of coding

December 11, 2015

In the United States 90% of schools don’t teach computer science, yet it is an increasingly important skill in today’s tech-savvy society.  As part of the nationwide Hour of Code™ initiative, scientists from NOAA Fisheries and the group Latinos@NOAA held an Hour of Code event at Shepherd Elementary school in Washington, D.C. to get students excited about computer programming (also referred to as coding). Click here to learn more.



Fish Discard and Release Mortality Science

November 19, 2015

Now through December 18th, we invite you to comment on our newly released Draft Action Plan for Fish Release Mortality Science. By working together, stakeholders and NOAA Fisheries and partners can identify the best practices for estimating and reducing release mortality. Improved communication among scientists, managers, fishermen, and other stakeholders is vital to the success of these efforts. Click here to learn more.



Updates to the Social Indicators Mapping Tool

November 17, 2015

NOAA Fisheries updated our Community Social Indicators mapping tool. The tool now includes additional coastal fishing communities — the national database now has nearly 4,000 communities in 23 states — and we updated the social indicators to include the risk from sea-level rise. Using the social indicators and web-based mapping tool to understand vulnerability can assist managers and other stakeholders with working toward resilient communities. This tool allows users to click on a single coastal community to obtain information on how that community rates in terms of the new social indices along a low, medium, medium high or high scale. Click here to learn more.



Vaquita Expedition 2015

October 13, 2015

Scientists from NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center are doing research aboard the R/V Ocean Starr for the Vaquita Expedition 2015, from September 26th to December 3rd. They are using acoustic detectors and visual surveys to monitor vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise. This critically endangered marine mammal lives in just a small portion of the upper region of the Gulf of California. Only about 100 individuals are left, largely due to accidental encounters with gillnets. Click here to learn more.

Photo credit: Thomas A. Jefferson/VIVA Vaquita.



New Study to be conducted in Alaska's Bering Sea

August 26, 2015

NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Research’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and the University of Washington (through the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean), are undertaking a novel, multidisciplinary study to improve projections of climate change impacts on Bering Sea fish and fisheries, and evaluate alternative management strategies to reduce impacts and increase resilience of the region’s high value fisheries. Click here to learn more.



Hawaii’s State Mammal on Hawaii Statehood Day

August 21, 2015

Today is the 56th anniversary of Hawaiian statehood. To celebrate this occasion, NOAA Fisheries would like to highlight Hawaii’s state mammal, and one of NOAA Fisheries’ Species in the Spotlight, the Hawaiian monk seal. To learn more, click here.



Our Living Oceans: Habitat

August 12, 2015

Our Living Oceans: Habitat is the first comprehensive summary of habitat information for all fishery and protected marine species under the purview of NOAA Fisheries. The report provides information on habitat science, trends, and research needs nationally and on a region-specific basis. Click here to learn more.



New NOAA study finds independent bait and tackle retailers generate $2.3 billion for U.S. economy

July 16, 2015

Independent marine recreational bait and tackle retail stores provide a big boost to the U.S. economy. According to the new NOAA study, these retailers contribute approximately $2.3 billion across the broader U.S. economy, including $796 million in income. In addition, the industry supports nearly 16,000 jobs across the nation. Click here to read more. Click here for the report webpage.



New Special Issue on Pacific Arctic Marine Ecosystems

July 14, 2015

The Synthesis of Arctic Research project, led by NOAA scientists and supported by BOEM, explores the new state of Pacific Arctic marine ecosystems. Findings have been published in a special issue of Progress in Oceanography. Click here to learn more.



Three new landscapes join the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative to conserve and restore their vital habitats

July 14, 2015

NOAA, along with its Federal partners from the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are adding three new landscapes to the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative: The California Headwaters, California’s North-Central Coast and Russian River Watershed, and Crown of the Continent. The addition of these three landscapes to the original four vulnerable landscapes of this Initiative: southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington and the Great Lakes region, directly addresses Goal 1 of the National Fish Wildlife and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy to conserve habitat that supports healthy fish, wildlife, and plant populations and ecosystem functions in a changing climate. To learn more, click here.


National Climate Assessment Birthday

Happy Birthday National Climate Assessment!

June 22, 2015

The most recent U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) recently celebrated its 1-year anniversary. To mark this milestone, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released a pilot set of 14 new Climate Change Indicators designed to help track, prepare for, and respond to climate-related impacts in key sectors. Nine of the new Indicators were developed with NOAA scientists. To learn more, click here.


Stock Assessment Class

2014 Best Papers

Congratulations to the 2014 NOAA Fisheries best paper award recipients: Jay Barlow, Samantha Brooke, and Karin Forney. To learn more, click here.


Stock Assessment Class

Students learn about fishery stock assessments

June 22, 2015

NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) and the University of Washington (UW) teamed up to train future fishery scientists with a course that allows students to work on applied fisheries science while getting graduate credits to apply towards their degrees. To learn more, click here.


Migratory Bird Award

Presidential Migratory Bird Stewardship Award 2015

May 28, 2015

At the annual meeting of the Council for the Conservation of Migratory Birds on May 7, 2015, Lee Benaka and Eileen Sobeck were pleased to learn that a NOAA Fisheries-nominated project received the 2015 Presidential Migratory Bird Stewardship Award. For more information about the award click here.

For more information about NOAA Fisheries' use of streamer lines to prevent seabird mortality, click here.



Federal Agencies announce Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative to prepare natural resources for climate change:

On April 21, 2015, the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recognized four collaborative landscape partnerships across the country where Federal agencies will focus efforts with partners to conserve and restore important lands and waters and make them more resilient to a changing climate. Building on existing collaborations, these Resilient Lands and Waters partnerships – located in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington and the Great Lakes region – will help build resilience in regions vulnerable to climate change and related challenges. They will also showcase the benefits of landscape-scale management approaches and help enhance the carbon storage capacity of these natural areas. For more information, click here.



A Century of Fisheries Oceanography

May 13, 2015

This year the field celebrates its 100th anniversary, marked by a special issue of Oceanography magazine guest edited by NOAA Fisheries scientists that describes how NOAA research from the Bering Sea to the Gulf of Mexico has revealed telltale interactions between fisheries and the environment. To learn more, click here.


workshop on uncertainty in marine and coastal resource management

Scientists Across Nation Address Uncertainty in Marine & Coastal Resource Management

April 28, 2015

Approaches to quantifying and communicating uncertainty transcend disciplines. When sociologists, ecologists, climatologists, and oceanographers work together, a set of best practices for modeling our nation’s aquatic ecosystems can emerge. To learn more, click here.



New Report Estimates Extent of 20th Century Industrial Whaling

March 25, 2015

Between 1900 and 1999, nearly three million large whales were killed and processed. This recent study Provides the first audit of the 20th century’s international commercial whaling operations. For more information, click here.



NOAA Fisheries Joins World’s Experts To Advance Climate-Ready Fisheries Management

March 20, 2015

NOAA Fisheries scientists will join researchers from 50 nations at the Third International Symposium:Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans. Read More


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The Big-Hearted Blue Whale

February 13, 2015

Not only are blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) the largest animals in the sea, they are also the largest animals ever to live on this planet – even bigger than all known dinosaurs.

With all of that size, the blue whale needs a big heart. In fact, they have the biggest hearts on the planet. The heart of a blue whale weighs more than 1,000 pounds, the weight of an average dairy cow. Read More



MAFAC announces new Climate and Marine Resources Task Force

The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) and NOAA Fisheries are pleased to announce the formation of a new Climateand Marine Resources Task Force. Twelve individuals were selected for the Task Force from a diversity of backgrounds, expertise, skill sets, and regional perspectives. For more information Click Here.



How is climate change impacting our nation's fish populations?

Learn more in this discussion with NOAA Fisheries scientist Dr. Jon Hare. Dr. Hare discusses how fish are shifting their distributions in response to climate change and how those shifts ripple through the ecosystem. To adapt to these changes, Hare says, we need to increase our ability to forecast fish populations even as climate change drives them in unpredictable directions. That will require increased collaboration between fisheries biologists, oceanographers, and climate scientists. Read More



New climate tool

An innovate new web tool, OCEANADAPT, tracks shifts in the distribution of U.S. fishery species with changing ocean conditions. Developed by NOAA Fisheries and Rutgers University, the web tool delivers up to date information on changes in the distribution of U.S. fish species over the last 40 years using data. Users can track shifts in distribution over time for individual species or groups of species in a region or nation-wide. Read More



NOAA and Partners Take Action to Help Safeguard the Nation’s Fish, Wildlife, and Plants in a Changing Climate

Posted: September 22, 2014

New Progress Report Highlights Activities Underway: Across the country, federal, state and tribal agencies and partners are taking concrete steps to address current and possible future impacts of a changing climate on the nation’s valuable natural resources and the people, communities and businesses that depend on them. Read More



NOAA Scientist Wins Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted: September 2, 2014

NOAA Fisheries Senior Research Scientist Dr. Bruce Collette was recently awarded the Joseph S. Nelson Award for lifetime achievement in ichthyology (the study of fish) from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. This award recognizes an outstanding body of work in ichthyology and is only the second of its kind to be awarded. The award is named for Joseph Nelson, a distinguished ichthyologist best known for his several editions of "Fishes of the World." Read More



COPEPOD Reaches 10 year Milestone

Posted: August 25th, 2014

To provide researchers with critical information on plankton, NOAA Fisheries created a unique database that provides global plankton data along with co-sampled environmental data. This resource is called the Coastal and Oceanic Plankton Ecology, Production, and Observation Database (COPEPOD). Read More



Dr. Patrick Lynch receives W.F. Thompson Best Paper Award

Posted: August 18th, 2014

Dr. Patrick Lynch's 2012 paper, "Performance of methods used to estimate indices of abundance for highly migratory species," published in Fisheries Research has been selected for this year's W.F. Thompson Best Paper Award. Read More


Tackle_small.png2013 Recreational Bait and Tackle Economic Survey

Posted: June 18th, 2014

Achieving high quality fisheries involves more than just managing fish. The marine recreational fishing industry is economically important to coastal communities throughout the United States. NOAA Fisheries recognizes that the decisions we make have impacts on people’s lives and livelihoods. Read More


marine_rec-exp-survey-thumb.png2014 Marine Recreational Fishing Expenditure Survey

Posted: May 5, 2014

In May 2014 we begin our survey of saltwater anglers across the nation. The survey is designed to estimate the amount of money spent by anglers on saltwater fishing trips and fishing-related equipment. Information collected will provide a better understanding of the economic impacts generated from saltwater recreational fishing across the U.S. and contribute to more informed decisions on recreational fishing issues. Read More


gear_small.pngNMFS helps sponsor this year's International Smart Gear Competition.

Posted: May 2, 2014

NMFS helps sponsor this year's International Smart Gear Competition. The competition aims to spur ideas for environmentally friendly fishing gear. Read More