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Status Review Finds Endangered Killer Whales Still Face High Risk of Extinction

NOAA Fisheries has concluded that whales continue to face a high risk of extinction and should remain listed as endangered. Southern Resident Connections - Post 23
January 19, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Killer whale eatig salmon Southern Resident killer whale preys on salmon in the Salish Sea near Seattle. Credit: Su Kim/NOAA Fisheries

Must-Read Pacific Islands Stories of 2021

Highlighting successful stories this past year that showcase our ongoing commitment to the science and stewardship of the marine environment in the Pacific Islands.
January 13, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Adult monk seal and newborn pup on a public beach. Hawaiian monk seal RK96 and her pup rest in Waikīkī. Credit: Hawaii Marine Animal Response.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Joins Marine Mammal Stranding Network

NOAA joins forces with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation team to expand the Greater Atlantic Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network. The Network assesses health, provides rehabilitation, and investigates the cause of death of marine mammals.
November 16, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Harbor seal pup A harbor seal pup is assessed for body condition and signs of injury. Credit: WDC

Lost Whale L47 Reflects the Plight of Endangered Southern Resident Whales

She produced seven calves over her life, although only three survived. The whale population is struggling to recover. Southern Resident Connections - Post 22
October 20, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Killer whale at sea Southern Resident killer whale L47, also known as Marina, was born in 1974, just after the last commercial captures of the now-endangered population. Credit: Jeanne Hyde/The Whale Museum

Snorkelers Fined for Pursuing Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins

Settlements for harassing Hawaiian spinner dolphins.
September 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
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Six Reasons Why You Should Not Swim with Wild Spinner Dolphins

Would you swim with wild spinner dolphins if you knew that they were trying to sleep?
September 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
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Tour Operator Fined for Harassing Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins

A judge fined a tour operator $2,500 for illegally harassing Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Natural resources officers with the State of Hawai'i investigated dolphin tour operator Casey Phillips Cho for harassing Hawaiian spinner dolphins, which is illegal.
September 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
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New Regulation Protects Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins Against Disturbance

A final rule prohibits swimming with, approaching, or remaining within 50 yards of spinner dolphins. A proposed rule may establish time-area closures of select nearshore resting areas. 
September 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
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$99.6 Million Approved to Continue Restoring Gulf-wide Resources Impacted by Deepwater Horizon

Eleven projects aimed at restoring sea turtles, marine mammals, oysters, and birds are approved to move forward in all five Gulf states, and in Mexico.
September 27, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Sea turtle hatchling on the sand in the Gulf of Mexico. The Region-wide plan includes $18.6 million dedicated to four projects to restore sea turtles; one is focused on nesting sites. Credit: Shutterstock