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Vessel Monitoring Research

We use acoustic recordings from marine protected areas to monitor patterns of vessel presence and identify characteristics of potentially non-compliant vessels to aid local patrolling and enforcement efforts.

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Horton NARW with her calf North Atlantic right whale Horton and newborn calf. Credit: Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit #26919.
A view of a crowd of people from behind. They are wearing winter gear and holding up cameras to take pictures of whales swimming near the boat. Spectators spot whales on a WhaleSENSE whale watching trip in Juneau, Alaska. Credit: NOAA Fisheries
Survey tow net is hauled up with catch for sorting and processing After each survey tow, the net is retrieved and the catch is emptied into a hopper where a series of conveyors move the catch to the sorting and processing area aboard the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow. There, scientists sort the catch and collect data and biological samples. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jessica Blaylock
An oceanic whitetip shark swims in the middle of the ocean. An oceanic whitetip shark swims near the surface of the water. Photo courtesy of John Carlson.