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2024 Alaska Marine Mammal Field Work Flyer

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) of NOAA Fisheries, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), conducts research on marine mammals off the coasts of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California.
March 15, 2024 -

Rice’s Whales Heard in the Western Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Fisheries records evidence of endangered Rice’s whales in the western Gulf of Mexico. These findings demonstrate their regular occurrence in waters offshore of Texas and the first evidence of Rice’s whales offshore of Mexico.
February 13, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Rice’s whale at the surface. Three ridges on the rostrum (dorsal head) of this Rice’s whale. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Laura Dias (Permit #14450)

Prey Increase Program for Southern Resident Killer Whales

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public review and comment on a programmatic Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the expenditure of funds to increase prey availability for endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs). This DEIS, conducted…

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.

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

Dolphin, Porpoise, and Small Toothed Whale Entanglement Response

NOAA Fisheries authorizes emergency response to dolphins, porpoises, and small toothed whales with life-threatening entanglements.

National Marine Mammal Entanglement Response Networks

The national marine mammal entanglement response networks safely and effectively respond to reports of entangled marine mammals and provide response coverage in all coastal states.

Seal, Fur Seal, and Sea Lion Entanglement Response

NOAA Fisheries authorizes emergency response to seals, fur seals, and sea lions with life-threatening entanglements.

Large Whale Entanglement Response

NOAA Fisheries authorizes emergency response to large whales with life-threatening entanglements.