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OAI Employees Win NMFS Team Member of the Year Awards

OAI is pleased to announce the following NMFS Team Member of the Year award winners for 2017!

Margaret Decie (OLE)
Galeeb Kachra (WCRO)
Tina Le Nguyen (SWFSC)
John Yerxa (WCRO)

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OAI in the Field: Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey 2017

The 2017 Hawaiian Islands Cetecean and ecosystem assessment survey (HICEAS) is a 187 day survey effort to study cetaceans, seabirds, turtles and their habitats within the U.S. waters within the Hawaiian Islands, taking place from July through December 2017. OAI staff members participated in this suvey aboard the NOAA ship Reuben Lasker. To learn more and view the stunning photos taken by OAI & NMFS survey team members CLICK HERE

OAI in the News: It Takes Two To Trawl For Science

WESTPORT — The Siliqua and Quinnat, two vessels from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, trawled 300 feet apart Wednesday just upriver from the Wauna Mill, the net between them slowly gathering juvenile, mostly hatchery, salmon headed down the main channel of the Columbia River toward the Pacific Ocean.

After 17 minutes of towing the net and collecting salmon, the whistles of “Col. Bogey’s March” from the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai” started emanating from...READ MORE

It Take Two To Trawl For Science

OAI Provides Support for Steller Sea Lion Population Assessment

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) was contracted by NOAA to provide field support by way of biological technicians, field research leaders, and a more senior Scientist III at remote field locations in Alaska, as well as at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, WA, as part of an Alaska Steller Sea Lion population assessment.

OAI personnel have been involved in all aspects of the research, such as assisting with field camps, counting the animals from aircraft and ashore, and analyzing photographs to determine the ages, sex, and distribution. The scientists use the information to develop computer models to estimate the reproductive capabilities and trends in population size. All the research is then assembled by...READ MORE

Stellar Sea Lions

Recognition of OAI AFS Members working on Climate Change

Climate change has been important to our understanding of fisheries since the first hook went in the water. More recently, it has become associated with change contributed by our society. Since we in “fisheries” have long studied environmental changes and their impacts on our flock, we tend to recognize that fisheries rise and fall with changes in the local and global environment, with many synchronous population changes in stocks around the world. Our understanding of these fast and vast changes gives us a distinct advantage in dealing with this complex issue. Change happens but not all change is equal. A change of 1 degree F (0.5 C) over 150 years is like noise in a system with El Niños, Pacific Decadal Oscillations, and North Atlantic Oscillations. The fisheries community has been much more reasoned in its response to climate change than many other sectors...READ MORE