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  • NOAA Declares an Unusual Mortality Event in Alaska

    NOAA Declares an Unusual Mortality Event in Alaska

    Aug 21: NOAA is declaring the recent deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska an "unusual mortality event," triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause.

  • Searching for Rare Right Whales in North Pacific

    Searching for Rare Right Whales in North Pacific

    Aug 10: A team of NOAA Fisheries scientists set out on a month-long research survey to try to locate the rare North Pacific right whale, possibly the most endangered marine mammal to visit U.S. waters.

  • Revised Vessel Guidelines in Alaska Glacial Fjords

    Revised Vessel Guidelines in Alaska Glacial Fjords

    Aug 3: NOAA Fisheries is announcing new, voluntary approach guidelines for vessels in Alaska tidewater glacial fjords to minimize disturbance to harbor seals in sensitive nursery habitat.

  • Spotlight Species: Southern Resident Killer Whale

    Spotlight Species: Southern Resident Killer Whale

    June 22: Learn more about the Southern Resident killer whale, one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight.

  • Humpback Whales: A Success Story?

    Humpback Whales: A Success Story?

    Apr 20: Are humpback whales still endangered, or have their populations recovered enough since whaling ended that they can now be taken off the Endangered Species List?

  • Environmental Changes Stress West Coast Sea Lions

    Environmental Changes Stress West Coast Sea Lions

    Mar 20: Environmental changes are stressing West Coast sea lions. Male and female California sea lions respond differently to lack of food.

  • New Tool Aids US Conservation of Whales, Dolphins

    New Tool Aids US Conservation of Whales, Dolphins

    Mar 10: Researchers have identified more than 100 areas within U.S. waters that should be considered biologically important when making management and regulatory decisions about human activities that could affect whales, dolphins and porpoises.

  • Humpback Whales: Fact vs. Fiction

    Humpback Whales: Fact vs. Fiction

    Feb 11: How well do you know the humpback whale? Take a look at some facts and common myths about this majestic marine mammal.

  • New Study May Reveal Clues to Dolphin Deaths

    New Study May Reveal Clues to Dolphin Deaths

    Feb 11: A new study has found four distinct groupings of dolphin deaths within the Northern Gulf of Mexico Unusual Mortality Event (UME). Three of the groupings followed the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • Unusual Species Highlight West Coast Survey

    Unusual Species Highlight West Coast Survey

    Dec 16: The research ship Ocean Starr returned to San Diego Wednesday, completing NOAA Fisheries’ first comprehensive survey of whales, dolphins and porpoises and the marine ecosystem off the West Coast in six years.

  • Win-Win for Whales and Lobstermen

    Win-Win for Whales and Lobstermen

    Nov 5: New proposed measures provide needed protections for whales with less economic impact on fishermen.

  • Enhancing Climate Resilience of Natural Resources

    Enhancing Climate Resilience of Natural Resources

    Oct 9: The Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience has released a report outlining four priority strategies to help make our natural resources more resilient to climate change, documenting progress, and providing roadmaps for the future.

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