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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.

2022 Belugas Count!: NOAA Fisheries and Partners Invite Public to Help Count Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

After a 2-year pause, NOAA Fisheries and our partners are excited to announce the return of the Annual Belugas Count! event — Saturday, September 17, in the greater Anchorage area.
September 06, 2022 - Feature Story ,
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Survey to Count Beluga Whales in Norton Sound

Aerial survey will help scientists estimate the abundance of beluga whales and learn more about their habitat and movement patterns.
June 17, 2022 - Feature Story ,
aerial shot of beluga whale swimming in icy waters in the Arctic A beluga whale swimming in icy waters of the Chukchi Sea. Photo taken during a previous beluga whale survey. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Laura Morse

Recommended 2022 Species Recovery Grants Projects

NOAA Fisheries has recommended $6.2 million in funding for 12 new projects and 13 ongoing projects.
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Beluga Whale Sounds Aid Scientific Understanding Of When Whales Are Hunting Prey

New information may help with recovery efforts for endangered Cook Inlet belugas.
November 30, 2021 - Feature Story ,
man in boat using equipment to listen for beluga whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska

Genetic Analysis Shows Beluga Whale In Puget Sound Likely Arrived From Arctic Waters

Whale unusual in Pacific Northwest probably traveled thousands of miles south.
October 25, 2021 - Feature Story ,
white colored whale, a beluga, swimming just below the surface of blue water Credit: World Vets under MMHSRP 18786-05