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Inbreeding Contributes to Decline of Endangered Killer Whales

4/10/2023 - By fisheries.noaa.gov. New genome sequencing shows Southern Residents are highly inbred. The small size and isolation of the endangered population of Southern Resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest have led to high levels of inbreeding. This inbreeding has contributed to their decline, which has continued as surrounding killer whale populations… SEE MORE
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Is It a Seal or a Sea Lion?

4/6/2023 - By fisheries.noaa.gov. Seals and sea lions are both pinnipeds, but there are distinct characteristics to tell them apart. Seals and sea lions, along with walruses, belong to a group of marine mammals called “pinnipeds.” Pinniped means fin or flipper-footed in Latin. These animals spend the majority of their time in… SEE MORE
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March 2023 ENSO update: no more La Niña!

3/10/2023 - By climate.gov La Niña—the cool phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate pattern—has left the building! After a year and half of non-stop La Niña, the tropical Pacific ocean-atmosphere system has transitioned to neutral, allowing NOAA to issue its “Final La Niña Advisory”. What can we expect for ENSO through the summer and… SEE MORE
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Frozen in Time: National Marine Sanctuary Researchers Discover Lost Shipwreck Ironton

3/7/2023 - By noaa.gov Researchers from NOAA, the state of Michigan, and Ocean Exploration Trust have discovered an intact shipwreck resting hundreds of feet below the surface of Lake Huron. Located within NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the shipwreck has been identified as the sailing ship Ironton. Magnificently preserved by the… SEE MORE
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4 facts you might not know about ozone and the Montreal Protocol

1/27/2023 - By www.noaa.gov January 10, 2023—The Montreal Protocol was adopted 35 years ago and remains a landmark environmental agreement, saving millions of people from cancer and contributing significantly to the protection of Earth’s climate system. Formally known as the “Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer,” this important U.N.… SEE MORE
OysterVideoMonitoring, A NOAA scientist retrieves a frame on which a video camera is mounted from the water. NOAA is researching the use of video to track the progress of oyster reef restoration projects.

Funding Opportunity Open for Chesapeake Bay Fisheries Research

1/22/2023 - By fisheries.noaa.gov Apply by April 17 for funding to support research on how climate change is affecting habitat and fisheries. Up to $1.5 million in grant funds are available to support research into how key Chesapeake Bay fisheries species change their behavior to deal with changing habitat and climate. Applications are due April… SEE MORE
swin clam Building the first traditional clam garden on Swinomish land. Credit: NWIFC

Swinomish Clam Garden to Bolster Littleneck Clam Populations

1/19/2023 - By fisheries.noaa.gov Reviving a 3,500-year-old indigenous mariculture practice with funding from NOAA. First Modern Clam Garden The Swinomish Tribe and other Coast Salish Indigenous peoples hold a rich history of practicing shellfish mariculture in Alaskan and Washington waters. For more than 3,500 years, native communities created clam gardens by constructing… SEE MORE