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National Marine Fisheries Service

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  • On Columbia River, 'just add water' seems to be working

    BREWSTER, Wash. Good luck in ocean conditions for the past several years is stoking a bonanza fishing season for Pacific salmon. But even in this spectacular year, with record-breaking returns of sockeye and chinook predicted to the Fraser and Columbia...
  • West Coast sardine crash could radiate throughout ecosystem

    West Coast sardine crash could radiate throughout ecosystem
    The sardine fishing boat Eileen motored slowly through moonlit waters from San Pedro to Santa Catalina Island, its weary-eyed captain growing more desperate as the night wore on. After 12 hours and $1,000 worth of fuel, Corbin Hanson and his crew returned...
  • 40-foot whale carcass examined at Port Hueneme in Ventura County

    40-foot whale carcass examined at Port Hueneme in Ventura County
    Scientists were performing a necropsy Thursday on the carcass of a 40-foot whale that floated into Port Hueneme this week after possibly being struck by a ship. The whale, which appeared to have been dead for a while, was discovered Tuesday near a...
  • House approves changes to Endangered Species Act despite veto threat

    The House passed a bill Tuesday that would require the government to disclose all data it relies upon when determining whether a species is endangered. GOP supporters say the legislation was introduced in response to an increasing number of plant and...
  • Sonic blasts cleared for use off coast of Virginia, surrounding states

     Sonic blasts cleared for use off coast of Virginia, surrounding states
    Using powerful sonic blasts to search for offshore energy resources in ocean waters off Virginia and surrounding states has won formal approval from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The decision means BOEM can begin granting permits to...
  • Groups sue U.S. agencies, saying plan to protect salmon falls short

    A coalition of conservation and fishing organizations on Tuesday sued the federal agencies responsible for protecting endangered salmon and steelhead trout populations in the Pacific Northwest, charging that the agencies’ latest plan to aid 13 at-...
  • Track seafood supply to eliminate fraud [Commentary]

    Track seafood supply to eliminate fraud [Commentary]
    At the State Department's "Our Ocean" conference last week, President Barack Obama announced new plans to tackle seafood fraud and illegal fishing. Increased transparency and traceability of the seafood supply chain is a critical next step in sustaining...
  • Fishy fraud: Officials fight overweighted, overpriced seafood

    Fishy fraud: Officials fight overweighted, overpriced seafood
    Does your seafood look more succulent than it is? “Overglazing” fish by adding layers of ice and “soaking” scallops to boost bloat are common -- and fraudulent -- tactics that federal seafood officials say they’re trying to...
  • Federal agency denies petition to delist Pacific NW killer whales

    Federal officials have denied a petition by San Joaquin Valley farmers to drop a small West Coast group of killer whales from the endangered species list. The refusal represents the latest development in a decade-long legal battle over protections for...
  • Feds to study oil exploration's effects on marine life

    Feds to study oil exploration's effects on marine life
    Two federal agencies on Friday announced a major review of how seismic testing for oil and gas deposits affects marine mammals and fish in deep waters off the Gulf of Mexico. So-called seismic surveys entail blasts from air guns or other ship-borne...
  • From the Boathouse: Have a whale of a time

    Ahoy! Wondering if you should venture outside of the harbor entrance this weekend? I recommend that you go whale watching with your family and friends aboard your boat or book a trip with a commercial operator. The seas will be under four feet, but...