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August 25: NOAA declares deaths of North Atlantic right whales in U.S. and Canada an Unusual Mortality Event

UPDATED: August 25, 2017. Audio file from the August 25 press conference now posted to the "resources" section below.
August 24, 2017
Right whale feeding, sighted June 8, 2014, during a research survey. NMFS permit no. 17355.

NOAA Fisheries is declaring the recent deaths of North Atlantic right whales along the coast of the U.S. and Canada an Unusual Mortality Event, triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause.
 
Join our media teleconference tomorrow to hear more details and ask questions of our whale experts. NOAA and Fisheries and Oceans Canada representatives will provide the latest information about right whale strandings, unusual mortality events, and talk about next steps.
 
WHAT:
Media availability to discuss deaths of North Atlantic right whales
 
WHEN:
Friday, August 25, 2017
11:00 a.m. ET
 
HOW:
Dial-In (U.S.): 888-566-7680
International: 210-234-0007
Passcode: WHALE
 
WHO:

  • David Gouveia, Protected Species Monitoring Program branch chief, NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region
  • Teri Rowles, Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Program coordinator, NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
  • Mendy Garron, stranding coordinator, NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region
  • Sarah Wilkin, National Stranding and Emergency Response coordinator, NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
  • Sean Hayes, Protected Species branch chief, NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Matthew Hardy, Aquatic Resources Management Division manager, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

 

Media contact
Kate Brogan, 301-427-8030