National Fisheries Education Programs

NOAA Fisheries' Education Program works with our own experts and partner organizations to develop and distribute high quality, science-based materials and activities for students, teachers, and communities interested in exploring the science behind marine resource management and conservation. Our materials also help students, teachers, and the interested public better understand the agency's diverse mission which includes the management and stewardship of the nation's marine resources and their habitats, sustainable seafood, and the recovery of protected marine species such as whales, seals, turtles, and fish.

Fish Watch

FishWatch provides easy-to-understand science-based facts to help consumers make smart sustainable seafood choices. It delivers the most up-to-date information on popular seafood harvested - or farmed - in the United States. It is not a buyer's guide designed to discriminate against one fishery or advocate for another, nor is it an ecolabel or certification. Rather, FishWatch helps you understand the complex science, laws, and management process actively sustaining our seafood supply.

Teacher at Sea

The NOAA Fisheries Teacher at Sea Program provides teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving them unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation. The program provides a unique opportunity for kindergarten through college-level teachers to sail aboard NOAA research ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. Since its inception in 1990, NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program has enabled nearly 700 teachers to gain first-hand experience of science and life at sea. By participating in this program, teachers profoundly enrich their classroom curricula, enhance their approaches to teaching science, and engage their local community with knowledge that can only be gained by living and working side-by-side, day and night, with scientists who contribute to the world's oceanic and atmospheric scientific research.

Voices from the Fisheries

The Voices from the Fisheries Database is a central repository for consolidating, archiving, and disseminating oral history interviews related to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishing in the United States and its territories. Oral history interviews are a powerful way to document the human experience with our marine, coastal, and Great Lakes environments and our living marine resources. Each story archived here provides a unique example of this connection collected from fishermen, their spouses, processing workers, shoreside business workers and operators, recreational and subsistence fishermen, scientists, marine resources managers, and others --all among NOAA's fishery stakeholders..