Solutions & Success Stories

Although the ocean is facing many challenges, here we celebrate the success stories and solutions that move our waters in the right direction.

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North Atlantic right whales and ocean-going vessels often cross paths.

Slow Down for Right Whales

Video of Slow Down For Right Whales By Hannah Waters Right whales in the North Atlantic are real city slickers. Rather than spend their time in the ocean’s wide-open range, they swim in warm...
Mangroves on the edge of the water.

Mangrove Restoration: Letting Mother Nature Do The Work

Red mangroves form an impenetrable, protective barrier against storms and tsunamis. Credit: Smithsonian Institution By Hannah Waters The ecological importance of coastal mangrove forests is common knowledge today. The trees’ gnarled roots , submerged...

Bringing Back Tampa Bay’s Seagrass

Seagrasses are flowering plants that can form dense underwater meadows and are an important shallow water habitat. Credit: Heather Dine, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary By Hannah Waters Back in the 1970s, if any...

Lamlash Bay Marine Reserve

In 2008, the Lamlash Bay No-Take Zone was created — a small square-mile area where fishing was banned. It was Scotland’s first community-led marine protected area. Scientists monitored the area and, within five years,...
King scallop in Lamlash Bay reserve

A lesson learned twice: The Story of Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas

A king scallop in Lamlash Bay protected area. Credit: Howard Wood By Hannah Waters Howard Wood was 15 years old when his family moved to the Isle of Arran and he got his first...
A puffin sits on a rock next to a puffin decoy.

How the Puffin Returned to Eastern Egg Rock

Wood carved puffin decoys were placed on rocks to attract the return of fledgling puffins. Credit: Derrick Z. Jackson, co-author with Steve Kress of "Project Puffin," published by Yale University Press By Hannah Waters...
Hawaiian Monk Seal

Struggling to Survive, But with a Chance to Thrive

Progress for Eight Endangered Ocean Creatures Video of Species in the Spotlight: Survive to Thrive By Ellen Spooner From snails to whales, approximately 2,270 species are listed as endangered or threatened globally under the...

NOAA Species in the Spotlight

Under the Endangered Species Act, NOAA manages 125 endangered and threatened marine species. Of all the species NOAA protects under the ESA, NOAA considers eight among the most at risk of extinction in the...

Ocean Optimism Video - Slow Down For Right Whales

Whaling, beginning in the 1600s, killed thousands of North Atlantic right whales and their tendency to feed at the ocean’s surface within 50 miles of shore made them easy targets. They were hunted so...

Cabo Pulmo World Heritage Biosphere Reserve

Cabo Pulmo is the northernmost coral reef in the eastern Pacific, and, at around 20,000 years old, it may be the oldest and most important reef in the American Pacific. The preservation of Cabo...
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When Life Gives You Lionfish…

Jeweler Palovi Baezar with her first set of lionfish earrings, which she made in the summer of 2013. Credit: Phil Karp By Kalila Morsink It was the summer of 2013, and Phil Karp was...
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Shark Snapshot - Saving sharks with an underwater photoshoot

Tawny nurse sharks are common visitors to FinPrint's baited remote underwater videos (BRUVs). Here, two swim in the Ashmore Reef off the West Coast of Australia. Credit: Global FinPrint Sharks make headlines, but we...

Map of Shark Protections Through Time

Sharks face many threats from people, including extreme overfishing driven by high prices for their fins, and being caught by mistake in nets and on longlines. While there is still much work to be...
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Saving Albatross Lives with Bird Scaring Lines

A wandering albatross has the largest wingspan of any bird, 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) tip to wing tip. Credit: Elizabeth Crapo, NOAA By Danielle Hall Soaring high above the open Southern Ocean, a snowy,...
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An Ocean of Energy: Bringing Offshore Wind to America

The Block Island wind farm is the first operational offshore wind farm in the United States. It consists of five wind turbines which powered up in December 2016 and were connected to the mainland...
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There’s an App for That: Using Phones to Help Make Fishing Sustainable

Video of Linking Communities to Fisheries Science By Emily Frost There’s an app for everything these days. Many of our modern-day problems can be matched with modern-day technology. So, when looking at the issue...

Turning Nets Into Carpet

There are many plastic nets floating in the world's ocean. Some of them were lost at sea by fishers; others were discarded overboard when they ripped or became tangled. Regardless, once they are adrift,...

Farming Oysters Despite Acidic Seas

Bill Taylor, Paul Taylor, Diani Taylor and Brittany Taylor have more in common than just a last name; they also share a business. The Taylors have been in the family oyster-farming business in Washington...

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