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Study Finds Offshore Wind Areas a Biologically Important Habitat for Whales and Dolphins

Scientists use passive acoustic monitoring to create a baseline soundscape off the southern New England coast to help evaluate the potential impacts of offshore wind development on cetacean species.
November 17, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Two North Atlantic right whales from above, exhaling.

Party Balloon Leads to Whale Death

A mylar balloon caused the death of a Gervais’ beaked whale calf that stranded off the coast of North Carolina.
November 13, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A small dead whale lays on its side on the water's edge at a beach. Gervais’ beaked whale on the beach at Emerald Isle in North Carolina. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Reducing Entanglements and Vessel Strikes Makes Extinction Less Likely for North Atlantic Right Whales

A new analytical tool helps users understand how the population will change over 100 years if threats are mitigated.
October 17, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A right whale in clear blue water, skimming just below the surface, mouth open to catch plankton North Atlantic right whale feeding. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Christin Khan

NOAA Fisheries to Revise Critical Habitat for Right Whales in Alaska

Agency announces a finding on a petition requesting expansion of North Pacific right whale critical habitat.
September 26, 2023 - Feature Story ,
North Pacific Right Whale North Pacific Right Whale

Response to Recent Reports of Killer Whale Incidental Catches in Alaska

NOAA Fisheries is analyzing data collected from killer whale incidental catches in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish trawl fisheries and in its annual longline survey for sablefish and groundfish this year.
September 21, 2023 - Agency Statement ,

Marine Mammal Stocks in North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Are Highly Vulnerable to Climate Change

A new study led by NOAA Fisheries outlines marine mammal populations’ estimated vulnerability to changing ocean conditions as part of ongoing Climate Vulnerability Assessments.
September 20, 2023 - Feature Story ,
An overhead shot of an adult right whale swimming next to a right whale calf in blue water. A new study has classified the North Atlantic right whale stock as very highly vulnerable to climate change. Credit: NOAA