Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

{flight} AMAPPS surveys!

NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) is about to begin the Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (AMAPPS) aerial surveys under the direction of Dr. Debra Palka. Surveys will run from February 23 - March 27 2014 departing out of the Hyannis airport. See attached image for a map of proposed tracklines:

NOAA Fisheries 2014 AMAPPS aerial surveys

Flights will be conducted aboard the NOAA Twin Otter with the following science crew:

Rob DiGiovanni
Tim Cole
Christin Khan
Allison Henry
Richard Holt
Rachel Hardee
Val Sherlock

If you are interested, you can learn more about the AMAPPS project on our website:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

{Sighting Advisory System} Right Whale Reports

Ever wonder where we get all those right whale sightings reported to us and displayed on the interactive Google map online? Check out this new pie chart below.  Most sightings come from dedicated right whale aerial surveys run by NOAA Fisheries' Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Florida Fish and Wildlife Service, Georgia DNR, Sea to Shore Alliance, NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Regional Office, the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, and the New England Aquarium.

Some of those sighting reports trigger a Dynamic Management Area (DMA) where vessels are requested to avoid the area or transit at 10 knots or less to minimize the risk of vessel collision.

What? You don't know what Google map I'm referring to? Check it out at on our website:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

{education} Right Whale ID Game!

I just discovered this fun little online game where you can pretend to be a marine mammal scientist and match right whales to the photo identification catalog!  Hats off to Phil Hamilton and the other folks at the New England Aquarium who make this work possible:

{update} Up to 7 new right whale calves!

Aerial surveys in the Southeastern United States have documented seven new right whale calves!  With a population of only around 500 individuals, we celebrate the birth of each new right whale.  Thanks to all the folks who gather this information - NOAA's Southeast Regional Office, Sea to Shore Alliance, Florida Fish and Wildlife, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.