NOAA research vessels use trawling for many of the agency's fisheries surveys every year, providing important data that have helped the U.S. become a model of sustainable fisheries.
The Charleston, S.C.-based ship is the first U.S. Government vessel to visit Cuba since diplomatic relations were restored.
"Miss Piggy" may be used to flying into hurricanes, but she is still in her element as she supports a NASA ice study in the Arctic.
Public and media are invited to tour NOAA and U.S. Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft May 16-20 at stops in Texas, Lousiana, Alabama, and Florida.
Bering Sea cruise focuses on ribbon, spotted, bearded and ringed seals, which spend time on or around sea-ice this time of year.
During the expedition, scientists expect to conduct some 400 underwater visual surveys for reef fishes and habitat.
The primary mission objectives include the removal of derelict fishing gear and plastics as well as to study marine debris accumulation in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
A NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft is battling North Atlantic winds to help improve satellite data.
Hawaii-based NOAA ship demonstrated "outstanding teamwork, safety of personnel, and mission dedication."