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Whale and Dolphin Conservation Expands Marine Mammal Stranding Network Territory

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation team expands the Greater Atlantic Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network response territory. The Network assesses health, provides rehabilitation, and investigates the cause of death of marine mammals.
December 01, 2022 - Feature Story ,
WDC provides supportive care to a live-stranded common dolphin. Photo credit: Andrea Spence/IFAW WDC provides supportive care to a live-stranded common dolphin. Credit: Andrea Spence/IFAW

How NOAA Prepares for Entanglements During Whale Season in Hawaiʻi

NOAA and partners go through rigorous training in preparation to respond to whales in life-threatening entanglements.
November 23, 2022 - Feature Story ,
An individual wearing a life vest and safety helmet stands on the platform of a small boat to practice tossing a grappling hook. NOAA and partners go through rigorous training in preparation for responding to large whale entanglements. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Cameron Dabney

NOAA Enforcement Helps Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement plays an important role in enforcing regulations that mitigate vessel strikes and fishing gear entanglements.
November 03, 2022 - Feature Story ,
NOAA Enforcement Officer monitoring the vessel speed of a cargo ship. NOAA Enforcement Officer monitoring the vessel speed of a cargo ship.

Intern Spotlight: Students Analyze Connection Between Skagit River Dams, Chinook Salmon, and Southern Resident Orcas

Summer assignment involved crunching decades of data on salmon and whales. Southern Resident Connections - Post 25
October 24, 2022 - Feature Story ,
People aboard a boat smiling at the camera Alexa Haucke (Left) and Jenna Callan (Right) touring the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project.

Join NOAA Fisheries in Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act

NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Janet Coit reflects on 50 years of protecting marine mammals and looks to the future.
October 21, 2022 - Leadership Message ,
A humpback mother and calf swimming off the West Coast A humpback mother and calf swimming off the West Coast. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Ed Lyman. NOAA Fisheries Permit #14682.

North Atlantic Right Whale and Offshore Wind Strategy Open for Public Comment until December 4

NOAA Fisheries and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management seek public comment on a new draft strategy to minimize the effects of offshore wind development on right whales and their habitat.
October 21, 2022 - Feature Story ,
The first offshore wind farm in the United States, the 30 megawatt, 5 turbine Block Island Wind Farm, began commercial operations in 2016. The first offshore wind farm in the United States, the 30 megawatt, 5 turbine Block Island Wind Farm, began commercial operations in 2016. Credit: Dennis Schroeder/National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Celebrating 50 Years of Marine Mammals in the Spotlight

NOAA Fisheries celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This landmark legislation protects all marine mammals in U.S. waters, including four Species in the Spotlight.
October 19, 2022 - Feature Story ,
5184x3456-mom with twins.jpg Hawaiian monk seal Mom (GV18) with rare twin pups in May 2019 on Lisianski Island. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Pete Leary.

Thirty-Seven Morbidity Cases Added to North Atlantic Right Whale Unusual Mortality Event

A new scientific peer-reviewed protocol adds 37 individuals to the ongoing North Atlantic right whale UME. This provides a more complete picture of this endangered species’ status and challenges impeding its recovery.
October 14, 2022 - Feature Story ,
NARW #4510 case UME Photo: North Atlantic right whale (#4510) with evidence of sublethal entanglement injuries along the head and body.

Pumpkin Carving Stencils for Ocean Lovers

Wow your neighbors with our eerie-sistibly fa-boo-lous ocean-inspired jack-o’-lantern stencils.
October 11, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Images of carved pumpkins.