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Passive Acoustic Monitoring Reveals More About Sperm Whales off Southeast New England

Study listened for sperm whales in an offshore wind energy development area.
February 21, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of six sperm whales grouped together in dark blue waters. Sperm whales. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

A Game-Changing Effort for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

An update from our experts on the status of North Atlantic right whales, and our plans to use Inflation Reduction Act funds for right whale conservation.
February 15, 2024 - Podcast ,
Horton NARW with her calf North Atlantic right whale Horton and newborn calf. Credit: Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit #26919.

Meet Isaiah Mayo, Biological Science Technician

Isaiah Mayo shares his journey to become a biological science technician at our Milford Laboratory, including his time as a fisheries observer and observer instructor. He explains what Black History Month means to him.
February 14, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A man (left) and woman (right) stand in front of a pride flag and a poster with the words “diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility”.  Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Lisa Milke Isaiah Mayo and Dr. Anne Langston Noll led the Celebrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Happy Hour at the 2024 Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition/43rd Milford Aquaculture Seminar. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Lisa Milke

Study Provides Guidance on Detecting North Atlantic Right Whales in Wind Energy Areas

Scientists used passive acoustics to determine how long offshore wind developers should listen for endangered right whales before construction.
February 12, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A right whale in clear blue water, skimming just below the surface, mouth open to catch plankton

Examination Continues into Cause of Whale’s Death on Martha’s Vineyard

North Atlantic right whale on Martha’s Vineyard had a chronic entanglement and was seen in poor health before its death. Experts are examining the rope and other samples collected from the whale.
February 05, 2024 - Feature Story ,
deceased female North Atlantic right whale Deceased female North Atlantic right whale. Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute/Michael Moore. Taken under NOAA Permit # 24359.

$700,000 Available for Atlantic Salmon Habitat Restoration Projects

NOAA is seeking proposals for projects that will restore habitat for endangered Atlantic salmon in the Gulf of Maine region.
January 31, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A large silvery fish leaps above rapids Atlantic salmon. Credit: jamie/AdobeStock.

Targeted Climate Research Can Benefit Marine Resource Management in the Northeast United States

Enhanced warming of the United States northeast continental shelf leads to the development of targeted research methods. This research will help fisheries and protected species management make climate-informed decisions.
January 25, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Northeast fishing boats New England fisheries video shoot for NOAA and Ocean Media Center. Credit: Ryan Hawk

Closure of 2022 Maine Pinniped Unusual Mortality Event

The Unusual Mortality Event involving stranded harbor and gray seals along the coast of Maine has ended.
January 16, 2024 - Feature Story ,
HPAI Testing on a seal. Marine Mammals of Maine take nasal swabs from a harbor seal for HPAI testing. Credit: Marine Mammals of Maine