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NOAA Fisheries  Science-based conservation & management for sustainable living marine resources and healthy ecosystems. @NOAAFisheries

Have a case of the Mondays like this fish? This arc-eye hawk fish perches on a Pocillopora coral. These predators lie in wait for unsuspecting small fishes and crustaceans to swim by, but if something bigger shows up, they are quick to dart into the safety of the coral branches.
See more photos of coral reef surveys in American Samoa and the Pacific Remote Islands here:

Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Ari Halperin

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#coral #fish #AmericanSamoa #PacificRemoteIslands #survey

#CoralsWeek We have been surveying coral reef ecosystems in the Pacific since the early 2000s, collecting data to assess how coral reefs vary over space and time. We do this to inform the management of these stunning and important ecosystems, which are packed full of biodiversity and provide coastal protection, food, and livelihoods to millions of people worldwide.

Photo: A scientist measures coral colonies along a transect of Baker Island's lively reef slopes.

Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Morgan Winston.

#coral #reef #island #ecosystem #Pacific #ocean #scientist #science #NOAAFisheries

The entanglement of large whales in fishing gear or marine debris is a serious animal conservation and welfare problem affecting several species, including ones that are critically endangered. Read the report on our efforts, and those of our partners, in 2017 to respond to whales in distress and help recover and sustain their populations:
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#whale #rescue #recovery #fishing #marine #animal #conservation #endangered #NOAAFisheries

Video: Humpback whale disentanglement efforts in Unalaska Bay, near Dutch Harbor, Alaska on October 20, 2018.

Happy #CoralsWeek from NOAA Fisheries! Check out these sea tales of deep dives and shallow reefs, and see what our scientists saw during coral reef surveys in American Samoa and the Pacific Remote Islands:

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Photo: A coral head inside the protected lagoon at Rose Atoll. This protected area makes a great habitat for small fish to grow. (Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Louise Giuseffi)
#coral #coralreefs #pacificremoteislands #science #scientists #shallowcoral #noaa #noaafisheries

#RecFishFriday NOAA Fisheries Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Recreational Fisheries Coordinator Brad McHale with a Striped bass (a.k.a. rockfish or linesider) off the coast of Cape Ann, Massachusetts last summer. This fish was taken using a circle hook on a live bait close to the rocky bottom. The hook set right in the corner of the jaw.

#atlantic #ocean #fishing #bass #rockfish Massachusetts #fish #NOAAFisheries

NOAA commissioned the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to review the current state of coral reef intervention science to address the urgent state of coral reef decline. Read more about their preliminary report:

Coral reef ecosystems are extremely valuable (estimated globally at $9.9 trillion per year and $3.4 billion in the U.S. each year). They provide habitat for fish, economic benefits, and coastal protection—yet are severely threatened by rapidly deteriorating environmental conditions, including climate change. We have already lost 30-50 percent of the world’s reefs. By the end of the century, without significant intervention, tropical reefs could become the first example of a global ecosystem extinction due to ocean warming.
Photo: This mantis shrimp is one of many animals that depend upon the coral reef ecosystem for habitat.
Credit: Gregory Piper/Coral Reef Image Bank.

#tropical #coral #reef #ecosystem #habitat #climate #environment #ocean #science #NOAAFisheries

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Calling all teachers! The deadline for the 2019 Teacher at Sea Application is *Friday* 11/30! Find our application and FAQs online here:

This week's “Photo of the Week” features @noaa Teacher at Sea alumni Alex Eilers ('08) and Bhavna Rawal ('12) on a day trip aboard R/V Caretta during the Gulf of Mexico Teacher at Sea Alumni Workshop. Teachers at Sea who complete their requirements are invited to join our Teacher at Sea Alumni Association, where they have opportunities to attend conferences and workshops and access other NOAA resources.

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#teachers #education #noaa #teacheratsea

For the next three years, researchers from @NOAAFisheries and colleagues at the University of Rhode Island, @NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will look into the ocean to help improve the quality of data collected by satellites more than 500 miles above.

Their goal: determining how microscopic algae, also known as phytoplankton, in the ocean absorb and scatter light, and how the pigments or colors of the phytoplankton can be better identified and measured by satellite sensors.

Learn more from our Northeast Fisheries Science Center:

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Photo: A chain-forming diatom, a common type of phytoplankton, found in the New York Bight area. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries

#ocean #satellites #phytoplankton #science #noaafisheries

As our minds turn to turkey, we can't help but think of lionfish! Viewed from the right angle, the ornate fins of the lionfish resemble turkey plumage. That's why 'turkeyfish' is one of the many imaginative names people use when referring to the lionfish. Lionfish are native to coral reefs in the tropical waters of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. But you don't have to travel halfway around the world to see them. This is an invasive species that threatens the well-being of coral reefs and other marine ecosystems, including the commercially and recreationally important fishes that depend on them. NOAA and its partners are working hard to develop ways to prevent further spread and control existing populations.

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Happy Thanksgiving from NOAA Fisheries!

#turkey #thanksgiving2018 #lionfish #noaa #noaafisheries #ecosystems #coralreefs

The @noaafisheries Survey Vessel Reuben Lasker and a small fleet of unmanned, instrumented saildrones wrapped up nearly 5 months of research and came into port in San Diego last week on Friday November 16. The ship crisscrossed waters off the West Coast in a landmark survey of species ranging from krill and anchovies to whales. Scientists also collaborated with Saildrone, Inc. to test the unmanned surface vehicles as an affordable way to augment ship-based sampling.
Learn more about this important survey:

Photo: NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker and Saildrone off the coast of California. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Chris Hoefer
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#noaafisheries #science #scientists #survey #vessel #saildrone #technology #fishstockasssesments #marinemammals

As we begin another week, take look at this moonrise over the horizon at Midway Atoll—one of the United States Minor Outlying Islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. The marine debris removal team of five people cleaned up more than 25,000 pounds of debris in 10 days on Midway Atoll! Learn more about the mission here:

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Photo: Moonrise over the horizon at Midway Atoll (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Steven Gnam). #moonrise #midwayatoll #pacific #pacificislands #marinedebris #noaafisheries

#RecFishFriday Fishing with the (Blue) Stars! Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is home to many “life list” fish, like this dolphinfish caught aboard a Boneafide Charter Company cruise, a Blue Star certified operator. The Blue Star program teaches conservation and best practices to participating fishing charters. Book with a Blue Star operator and you can help maintain healthy fish stocks while you have your adventures on the water! National marine sanctuaries: Fishing happens here!
Learn more about recreational fishing in marine sanctuaries:
Learn about dolphinfish on Fishwatch:
Photo: Proud anglers present the dolphinfish they caught within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on a fishing trip with Boneafide Charter Company, a Blue Star certified operator.
Photo credit: Boneafide Charter Company.
#FishWatchFriday #mahimahi #dolphin #fish #FloridaKeys #Florida #fishing #sanctuaries #NOAAFisheries

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