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Fisheries & Biodiversity

Fisheries and Marine Biodiversity is identified as one of the priority areas for NANOOS to host and disseminate data to user groups. The infrastructure developed and supported by NANOOS allows for real-time and near real-time measurements of global ocean processes, regional coastal and inland marine processes, and more local estuarine processes. This information is currently being utilized by fishers, shellfish growers, and regional managers. Currently, the NANOOS structure of forecasts and data display on the bio-physical environment permit better-informed trip decisions by ocean-going fishers as well as management decisions by shellfish growers and regional resource managers. NANOOS is also leading efforts to enhance the accessibility and sharing of complex tracking data for marine animals such as salmon, sturgeon, and squid.

Areas of Emphasis

Related Topics

Harmful Algal Blooms

Ocean Acidification

Coastal and Estuarine Hypoxia

Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning

Related NANOOS Products

Forecast Information and Data Products for Fishers

Information and data products oriented towards commercial and recreational albacore tuna fishing communities.

Puget Sound Networked Profiling Buoy

Data from a profiling buoy located at Point Wells (north of Seattle). The sensor package measures a depth profile of oceanographic variables every hour from the sea surface to the sea bed.

Puget Sound ORCA

Oceanic Remote Chemical Analyzer (ORCA) measures physical, chemical, and biological water characteristics in Hood Canal.

Water Quality Data for Shellfish Growers

Real-time Water Quality Data for Shellfish Growers. A pilot project between NANOOS and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

CMOP/NANOOS Phoebe Glider (Quinault) Transect

Research mission is to support sustained characterization of events and gradient regions in the Washington shelf, with focus on the Grays Harbor line, and help enhance models.

NANOOS members involved in this effort include:

Regional Coastal Observing Systems



Central and Northern California

Great Lakes

Gulf of Mexico

Pacific Islands


Northeast Atlantic

Pacific Northwest

Southern California

Southeast Atlantic