Frequent Questions: 2015-2016 Large Whale UME in the Western Gulf of Alaska, United States and British Columbia, Canada (CLOSED)

April 26, 2018

NOAA Fisheries declared an Unusual Mortality Event for large whale strandings in the Western Gulf of Alaska. Whale strandings were also elevated in British Columbia, Canada. A joint investigation was conducted between NOAA Fisheries and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. The UME was defined as occurring from May 22, 2015 to December 31, 2015 in Alaska and from April 23, 2015 to April 16, 2016 in British Columbia. The number of dead fin and humpback whales in the UME totaled 34 for Alaska, and 12 for BC.