Keystone Species Arctic Cod Extremely Sensitive to Oil Exposure

Posted Tue, 09/03/2019 - 22:40
By Dr. Sarah Allan, Office of Response and Restoration

Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida) are small, ice-affiliated forage fish, that can make up more than 80% of all living fish in Arctic waters. Arctic cod have a circumpolar distribution that includes the Chukchi, Beaufort, and Bering seas in the Alaskan Arctic, and are a critical link in Arctic food webs. 

This keystone Arctic species is also particularly vulnerable to oil spills, which was the focus of a new study titled “Embryonic crude oil exposure impairs growth and lipid allocation in a keystone Arctic forage fish.”

Minds Behind OR&R: Meet Marine Debris Program Gulf of Mexico Regional Coordinator Caitlin Wessel

Posted Tue, 08/27/2019 - 17:15
By Jennifer Simms, OR&R’s Marine Debris Program

This feature is part of a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month’s featured scientist is Caitlin Wessel, OR&R Marine Debris Program regional coordinator for the Gulf of Mexico.

Hollings Scholar Wraps Up Summer at NOAA with Story Map on ‘Building a Resilient Community’

Posted Tue, 08/20/2019 - 17:54

Working under NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, 2019 Hollings scholar Leah Moore spent her summer working on the story map “Building a Resilient Community: NOAA’s Hazard Exposure and Risk Exploration (HERE) Tool” — a publicly available link will be available later this summer.

How OR&R Works to Preserve and Improve Water Quality through Restoration

Posted Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:34

During National Water Quality Month, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration shares some of the ways we preserve and improve water quality through cleanup and restoration. 

NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration develops scientific solutions to keep the coasts clean from threats of oil, hazardous waste, and marine debris — all of which are major pollutants that can hugely affect the water quality of our coastal natural resources. 

NOAA's Disaster Preparedness Program: Planning for Tomorrow, Today alyssa.dillon Thu, 08/08/2019 - 20:49

NOAA Ocean Podcast: Episode 28

In this episode, Kate Wheelock, Chief of NOAA’s Disaster Preparedness Program, explains how her team facilitates internal communication, coordination, and preparation for all types of unforeseen disasters.

Incident Responses for July 2019

Posted Tue, 08/06/2019 - 12:35

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment.

This month OR&R responded to 10 incidents, including oil discharges, sunken vessels, and a hazardous chemical spill. 

Assessing The Impacts of Pollution at the Hanford Nuclear Site

Posted Thu, 08/01/2019 - 13:10

Flowing through southeastern Washington is an approximately 50 mile stretch of the Columbia River known as the Hanford Reach. This unique section of the river is an important habitat for fish and wildlife, including Chinook salmon. This area also served as the birthplace of the atomic bomb at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Minds Behind OR&R: Meet Marine Biologist Gary Shigenaka

Posted Wed, 07/31/2019 - 12:31

This feature is part of a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month’s featured scientist is Gary Shigenaka, a marine biologist in OR&R’s Emergency Response Division.