North Atlantic Right Whale Recovery Plan Northeast U.S. Implementation Team

This multi-disciplinary team was established to advise NOAA Fisheries on issues related to the status and conservation of right whales in the Northeast U.S. (Maine to Virginia).

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What is the Northeast Implementation Team?

The Endangered Species Act aims to protect, conserve, and recovery endangered and threatened species. The  ESA authorizes NOAA Fisheries to appoint recovery teams to assist with the development and implementation of recovery plans.The NEIT is a recovery team appointed to assist with the development and implementation of the North Atlantic Right Whale recovery plan.  

Recovery is the process of restoring listed species and their ecosystems to the point where they no longer require Endangered Species Act protections. A primary role for NOAA Fisheries in recovering endangered and threatened species is to set goals for each species’ recovery comeback through the development of recovery plans

 

What does the NEIT do?

  • Coordinate and effect recovery plan implementation in Northeast U.S. while making efficient use of available resources via recommendations to NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office. 

  • Involve stakeholders in implementation of the recovery plan.

  • Promote creative solutions.

  • Monitor effectiveness of recovery plan implementation and adapt accordingly.

  • Identify and prioritize information needs that can be best addressed through enhanced partnerships.

NEIT Members 

  1. Dr. Mark Baumgarnter, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  2. Joel T. Bell, U.S. Navy
  3. Dr. Danielle Cholewiak, NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  4. Dr. Cindy P. Driscoll, Maryland Division of Natural Resources
  5. Robert Glenn, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
  6. Cathy Merriman, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  7. William McLellan, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  8. Katie S. Moore, U.S. Coast Guard
  9. Meghan Rickard, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  10. Erin Summers, Maine Department of Natural Marine Resources
  11. Dr. Desray Reeb, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  12. Dr. David Wiley, National Ocean Service, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Team Meetings

March 27-28, 2019
Boston, MA
Meeting Summary Download File (PDF, 22 pages)

October 30, 2018
Boston, MA
Meeting Summary Download File (PDF, 13 pages)

For more information on the team or team meetings contact Diane Borggaard, Greater Atlantic Region Right Whale Recovery Coordinator.

 

Does the NEIT address entanglement issues?

Right whale entanglements in fishing gear are addressed by the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team process. However, the NEIT may help support the Take Reduction process, if needed, to help implement recovery goals.

 

What is the Southeast Implementation Team (SEIT)?

The SEIT is the southeast counterpart to the NEIT, working on recovery issues from North Carolina through Florida.

 

What is the Right Whale U.S. Implementation Team ?

The NEIT and SEIT combine to form a U.S. Implementation Team to coordinate on coastwide issues. Both teams work independently on regional issues, but will coordinate on issues to address coast wide specific issues. This coordination will also include through the use of subgroups such as the Population Evaluation Tool Subgroup and others as needed

Population Evaluation Tool Subgroup

The objective of the subgroup will be to develop a population viability analysis or other assessment tool that will allow the agency to characterize the North Atlantic right whale extinction risk, taking into account current and future threats, and will allow inquiry into how much improvement to present-day mortality and reproduction schedules is needed to improve population trajectories. This analysis would be useful to help identify benchmarks based on population status which would inform management as well as any gaps in research.  

Population Evaluation Tool Subgroup Members 
  1. Dr. Richard Pace, Chair, NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  2. Dr. Michael Runge, U.S. Geological Survey
  3. Dr. Lance Garrison, NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Fisheries Science Center
  4. Dr. Jeffrey Hostetler, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  5. Amy Knowlton, New England Aquarium
  6. Dr. Veronique Lesage, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  7. Dr. Daniel Linden, NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
  8. Dr. Rob Williams, ORCA

 

 

 

 

Resources

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Recovery Plan for North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis)

The ultimate goal of this recovery plan is to promote the recovery of North Atlantic right whales to a level sufficient to warrant their removal from

Insight

Recovery of Endangered and Threatened Species

Learn how NOAA Fisheries works with partners to protect and recover endangered and threatened marine species.

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