Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Brochure
Protecting and recovering marine species is a core mission for NOAA Fisheries. As part of a “Species in the Spotlight” initiative, NOAA Fisheries has developed a 5-year action plan for Alaska’s Cook Inlet beluga whales.
The 5-year action plan for Cook Inlet beluga whales includes planned and proposed research and actions to promote recovery of the species. NOAA Fisheries invites partners and potential partners to join in this effort. NOAA Fisheries listed Cook Inlet beluga whales as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 2008 and designated critical habitat for the species in 2011. The 2016 abundance estimate for the Cook Inlet beluga population is 328 animals.