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All Boaters Should Reduce Their Speed to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

Collisions between boats as small as 30 feet in length can be lethal to large whales, especially calves, and dangerous for boat passengers. Reduce your speed to keep everyone safe.
March 03, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Dead right whale calf (#3560) found floating off New Jersey on June 25, 2020, following vessel collisions Dead right whale calf (#3560) found floating off New Jersey on June 25, 2020, following vessel collisions. Credit: Center for Coastal Studies and Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMPA Permit #18786-04).

Celebrating Black History Month 2022

Join us in celebrating Black History Month. Learn more about some of our exceptional NOAA Fisheries employees and how their work contributes to our mission every day.
Collage of NOAA Fisheries employees for Black History Month 2022

Help Endangered Whales: Slow Down in Slow Zones

All boaters can help save right whales by slowing down in Right Whale Slow Zones.
December 23, 2021 - Feature Story ,
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Go Slow—Whales Below

You can help save endangered North Atlantic right whales by slowing down to 10 knots or less in waters where they are likely present.
December 22, 2021 - Feature Story ,
North Atlantic right whale mother and calf North Atlantic right whale mother and calf. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

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

Pot/Trap Fisheries Regulations to Help Save North Atlantic Right Whales Announced

Modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan address entanglements in fishing gear, one of two leading causes of right whale serious injury and death.
August 31, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Two North Atlantic right whales swim, one behind the other, from right to left side of the image Two North Atlantic right whales, 2018. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Tim Cole

Right Whale Use of Southern New England Wind Energy Areas Increasing

Southern New England habitat is important to the North Atlantic right whale. With offshore wind energy development planned in the region, working with stakeholders to minimize potential impacts on right whales and other protected species is crucial.
July 29, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Two North Atlantic right whales swim, one behind the other, from right to left side of the image Two North Atlantic right whales, 2018. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Tim Cole

$900,000 in Funding Recommended for Atlantic Salmon Habitat Restoration

Funding for four partnerships will help restore habitat for endangered Atlantic salmon in Maine.
July 29, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A fish leaping above fast-moving water Atlantic salmon. Credit: National Park Service.