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Media Availability: NOAA discusses expanded North Atlantic right whale critical habitat for the Northeast and Southeast regions

Jennifer  Goebel (NOAA)
(978) 281-9175
(978) 290-0203 (Cell)
Allison  Garrett
(727) 330-0309
January 25, 2016

NOAA Fisheries announces expanded critical habitat for the extremely endangered North Atlantic population of right whales, which numbers around 500 individuals. The expanded critical habitat will cover more of the whales’ northeast feeding areas in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank region and southeast calving grounds from North Carolina to Florida.

During this press call for the working news media, experts will review the scientific bases for NOAA Fisheries’ designation of critical habitat, the importance of critical habitat in the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale, and what the new critical habitat designation means.



Conference call for the working press with NOAA Fisheries experts to discuss the expanded North Atlantic right whale critical habitat designation



Tuesday, January 26 at 1pm EST

Call-In: 800-369-1891

Passcode: whales



David Gouveia, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Program Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region

Barb ZoodsmaSoutheast U.S. Right Whale Recovery Program Coordinator

Right whale mom and calf. Credit: Christin Khan/NOAA MMPA17355

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