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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).

Rice's Whale Turns One: Here's What We're Learning

This year marks the first year the Rice’s whale has been recognized as a new species. Learn more about our ongoing comprehensive research.
February 18, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Rice's whale surfacing. A Rice’s whale surfaces in the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: NOAA Fisheries (NMFS ESA/MMPA Permit No. 14450).

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

Snow Cone Watch: Updates on Entangled Right Whale Mother and Newborn Calf

An entangled North Atlantic right whale, known as Snow Cone, and her newborn calf have been spotted multiple times since December 2021. If you see them, or any right whale, move at least 500 yards away—it’s best for the whales and it’s the law.
January 31, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Right whale Catalog #3560 ‘Snow Cone’ and calf sighted off Fernandina Beach, Florida Right whale Catalog #3560 ‘Snow Cone’ and calf sighted off Fernandina Beach, Florida on January 6, 2022. Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (NOAA permit 20556-01).

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

New Research Shows First Successful Demonstration of Assisted Gene Flow in Corals

A new study suggests that large-scale assisted gene flow can efficiently enhance the genetic diversity and adaptability of threatened marine species in the face of rapid environmental changes.
September 10, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Juvenile colony of critically-endangered elkhorn coral Acropora palmata raised at CARMAB Juvenile colony of threatened elkhorn coral Acropora palmata grown at CARMABI. Photo credit: Kristen Marhaver

2021 Species Recovery Grant Awardees Announced

NOAA awards $6.3 million in funding to support nine new state and tribal projects and 19 ongoing projects.
Killer whale breaching in Puget Sound

Human Interactions Could Be Fatal for a Texas Dolphin

Biologists with NOAA Fisheries and the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network are growing increasingly concerned about public interest in dolphin off North Padre Island, Texas.
July 02, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Dolphin swimming in canal in North Padre Island, Texas. Credit: Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network.