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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).

North Atlantic Right Whale Updates

Get the latest North Atlantic right whale updates from NOAA Fisheries.

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).

U.S. and Canadian Officials Focus on Risk Reduction and Protection Measures for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

A message from NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Janet Coit on a recent meeting among U.S. and Canadian officials regarding the conservation and protection of North Atlantic right whales.
January 05, 2022 - Leadership Message ,
Breaching Right whale, bubbles. A right whale breaching. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Christin Khan

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

North Atlantic Right Whale Calving Season 2022

North Atlantic right whales are approaching extinction with fewer than 350 remaining. With so few of these whales left, researchers closely monitor the southeastern United States for new offspring during the annual right whale calving season.

Weak Insert and Weak Line Requirements for Northeast Lobster/Jonah Crab Trap/Pot Fisheries

The 2021 amendments to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan include changes to the requirements for weak inserts and weak line and to into effect May 1, 2022 for Northeast lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot fisheries.

Minimum Traps/Trawl for Northeast Lobster/Jonah Crab Trap/Pot Fisheries

With the 2021 amendments to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, the minimum number of traps/trawl has changed in some areas.

Gear Marking for Northeast Lobster/Jonah Crab Trap Pots

Changes to gear marking requirements for both state and federal waters for Northeast lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot gear are required in the 2021 modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.