Coral reefs play a vital role in sustaining the health of our oceans and our economy.

10 Ways to Protect Coral Reefs

12/4/2019 - Here are some things YOU can do: Corals are already a gift, don't give them as presents. Conserve water. The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that will eventually find its way back into the ocean. Volunteer in local beach or reef cleanups. If you don't live… SEE MORE
Photo Courtesy of Rick Swart / Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife.

State Parks to Waive Fees on Black Friday

11/22/2019 - Looking for an alternative to the shopping lines on Black Friday? Fees at state parks in Oregon and Washington will be waived the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29), and the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife is offering free fishing, crabbing, and clamming across the state. The free day-use parking… SEE MORE

New York Scallop Season A Disaster

11/18/2019 - By Dan Nosowitz. Scallop season in the Northeast opened this past week, with fishermen in New York and New England heading out to find small, succulent bay scallops. The results of the early fishing have been what you might generously called “mixed.” In Massachusetts, fishermen off Martha’s Vineyard have seen… SEE MORE

Ocean Floor Bacteria Potentially Influencing Arctic Weather

11/18/2019 - By Maddie Stone. Scientists have identified a surprising new mechanism that could be affecting cloud formation and weather patterns in the Arctic: bacteria from the ocean floor. When tiny, plantlike ocean microbes known as phytoplankton die, their bodies sink to the bottom of the sea, becoming food for bacteria residing… SEE MORE

October 2019 Coolest in Ten Years

11/6/2019 - Climate by the numbers October 2019 The average temperature for October across the contiguous U.S. was 52.3 degrees F (1.8 degrees below the 20th-century average), making it the coolest October since 2009. It ranked in the lowest third of the 125-year record. Alaska had an average October temperature that ranked… SEE MORE