News and Announcements

Screen shot of website featuring PFMC revised Fishery Ecosystem Plan Revised Fishery Ecosystem Plan Adopted
April 22, 2022
The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted a revised Fishery Ecosystem Plan, the culmination of a 5-year review process with steady contributions from the California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment team.
NOAA ship oscar sette NOAA Researchers Study Coral Reef Biodiversity Along Hawai'i Coast
April 06, 2022
Researchers use environmental DNA to identify the species that inhabit the coral reefs around the Big Island of Hawai'i.
fishing vessel in Stellwagen Bank National marine Sanctuary Changing Oceanographic Conditions And Environmental Justice Concerns In The Northeast Shelf
April 05, 2022
The latest State of the Ecosystem Reports highlight fishing communities with environmental justice concerns and potential risks to fishery management from proposed offshore wind energy development.
offshore wind energy Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available
March 22, 2022
The CCIEA program is seeking a highly motivated researcher to coordinate and lead an interdisciplinary project focused on Understanding Spatial Interactions Across Ocean-use Sectors in a Changing Climate.
2022 California Current Ecosystem Status report New Snapshot of California Current Shows a System of Extremes
March 15, 2022
Favorable physical conditions over the shelf and slope are providing a good forage base for a variety of marine species, according to the latest California Current Ecosystem Status Report.
Fishermen holding a sample of the six tons of salmon caught Human Stressors Erode Climate Resilience in Salmon
March 11, 2022
Recent research shows California's salmon fishery historically depended less on cold weather and experienced steadier salmon returns despite droughts.
Researcher Keith Hanson at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center laboratory sorts samples collected by the fishing vessel, including anchovies, pyrosomes, and jellyfish. Monitoring Fisheries Resources During a Pandemic
March 01, 2022
A new CCIEA paper demonstrates the benefits of using a diversified approach to evaluating ecosystem status during data-poor situations.
Crab haul. Photo credit: Benjamin Drummond/ Marine Heatwave Challenges Solutions to Human-Wildlife Conflict
February 01, 2022
A newly published study finds fewer win-win solutions for whale conservation and the California Current Dungeness crab fishery during climate extremes.
Presentation slide of Scientist talk on benefits of Ecosystem-based fisheries management NOAA Fisheries Scientist Presents About Progress and Benefits of Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management
January 12, 2022
Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) is rapidly becoming the default approach in global fisheries management. The clarity of what EBFM means is sharpening each year and there is a real need to evaluate progress and assess the effectiveness and impacts. We examine a suite of over 90 indicators (including socioeconomic, governance, environmental forcing, major pressures, systems ecology, and fisheries criteria) for 9 major U.S. fishery ecosystem jurisdictions, and systematically track the progress the country has made toward advancing EBFM to an operational reality. We view this progress as synonymous with improved management of living marine resources in general, with the lessons learned in US systems directly applicable for all parts of the global ocean. Much work still remains, but significant progress has occurred.
gulf of Alaska status Watch the Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem Status Report Presentation to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council
December 17, 2021
Watch NOAA scientists present the Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (presentation minute 55 - 1:44).