News and Announcements

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New Web Tool Aims to Reduce Whale Entanglements on the U.S. West Coast

May 4, 2021

NOAA scientists used the IEA approach to combine the latest data on ocean conditions and marine life off the West Coast on a new tool that gives fishermen and fishery managers up-to-date ecosystem information that may help reduce the risk of whale entanglements.

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2022-2024 National IEA Program Three-Year Strategic Plan is Released

May 3, 2021

The purpose of the IEA 3-year national strategic plan is to provide longer-term priorities for the program and guide planning for each IEA region. Regional three-year plans will be finalized by the end of summer 2021. The IEA program uses these documents to align with NOAA’s priorities and guide partnerships, projects, and funding for the next three years. A two-page summary is available on the IEA site now. 

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NOAA Fisheries releases new video looking at environmental conditions in the Gulf of Alaska in 2020

April 30, 2021

The video highlights findings in Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s 2020 Ecosystem Status Report for the Gulf of Alaska

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2020 NOAA Science Report highlights the Marine Heatwave Tracker Work by the California Current IEA Team

April 27, 2021

The 2020 NOAA Science Report represents NOAA’s world-class scientific accomplishments and showcases its vibrant workforce. This report highlights the marine heatwave tracker, a tool that’s become highly used by fishermen, ecosystem managers, and researchers. Marine heat waves are the ocean’s equivalent to heat waves on land —  unusually high water temperatures that can shake up the marine ecosystem. NOAA is determined to continue to provide loyal service to the American People through innovative research and development to meet the needs of our Nation now and in the upcoming decades.

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Changes in Ocean Conditions and Human Activities Impacted the U.S. Northeast Shelf Marine Ecosystem in 2020

April 8, 2021

The 2021 Mid-Atlantic and New England State of the Ecosystem reports are now available. Reports show climate change, market dynamics, and other drivers are affecting seafood production, commercial and recreational fishing, and other services provided by this ecosystem.

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West Coast Waters Show Evidence of Improved Productivity in 2020

March 24, 2021

A new report provides a snapshot of the health of the California Current ecosystem. With the system shifting from a warmer El Niño to a cooler La Niña-influenced system, the ecosystem may become more productive. COVID-19 made collecting this evidence and indicator data more difficult, so NOAA researchers teamed up with non-profit, university, state, and commercial partners. Together, we assembled data into a picture of the ecosystem’s current state.