Monitoring for Right Whales off Kodiak


North Pacific right whale.

Location: Kodiak Island

Timing: TBD

Funding: TBD

Project: Despite once occupying a large historical distribution range, sightings of the critically endangered North Pacific right whale in the northern Gulf of Alaska are rare. NOAA scientists are hoping to deploy a long-term passive acoustic recorder off Kodiak Island in areas of recent sightings to monitor for this species year-round. Data obtained from this recorder will help determine seasonal presence of right whales in an area of high fishing activity.


  • Phillip Clapham, Program Manager, Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program

Last updated by Alaska Fisheries Science Center on May 15, 2018