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Whale Week: Celebrating the Wonder of Whales

Celebrate Whale Week 2024 with us! Discover NOAA's work to study, recover, and conserve these magnificent marine mammals.
February 12, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Graphic for Whale Week featuring illustrations of long-finned pilot whale, sperm whale, beluga whale, and North Atlantic right whale

Hatcheries Yield More Salmon for Endangered Killer Whales; New Analysis Open for Comment

NOAA Fisheries seeks review of an analysis of methods to help the Southern Resident killer whale population.
January 25, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Hatching salmon eggs in a fish hatchery Credit: Shutterstock

NOAA Fisheries Releases Report on Killer Whale Entanglements in Alaska from 1991–2022

New technical memorandum provides 31 years of killer whale entanglement history in Alaska.
December 14, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Killer whales swim in the waters off Alaska Killer whales swim in the waters off Alaska. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/John Moran

Cause of Death Determined for 11 Killer Whales Incidentally Caught in Fishing Gear in Alaska in 2023

Majority of whales belong to Eastern North Pacific Alaska Resident stock.
December 01, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A pod of killer whales swim through the water off the coast of Alaska A pod of killer whales. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

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 ,

Whale Watching Operators Around Alaska Commit to Having Whale SENSE

Whale SENSE is an education, stewardship, and recognition program that highlights commercial whale watching companies that commit to higher standards of operation.
September 07, 2023 - Feature Story ,
A humpback whale lands in the water after breaching near Auke Bay, Alaska. A humpback whale lands in the water after breaching near Auke Bay, Alaska. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Aleria Jensen

Women Who Help Entangled Whales

Large whale entanglement has been a predominantly male field, but a growing cadre of experienced and skilled women has strengthened and diversified the response teams.
July 10, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Kathi George aboard an inflatable boat tossing a hook into the water. Kathi George participating in whale disentanglement training. Credit: Bill Hunnewell/The Marine Mammal Center

NOAA Scientists Collecting Information to Restore Marine Mammals and Seabirds in the Gulf of Mexico

A survey to update information on abundance and distribution to restore marine mammal and seabird populations in the Gulf of Mexico.
June 23, 2023 - Feature Story ,
2 pilot whales swim at the ocean surface with dorsal fins exposed, a large white ship is seen on the horizon Pilot whales surface near the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Melody Baran (Permit # 14450)