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Marine Mammal Research

NOAA Fisheries Service’s Greater Atlantic Region Protected Resources Division has funded a variety of marine mammal research projects since 2002, largely focusing on learning more about and monitoring the biology (e.g., distribution and abundance) of endangered large whales, including North Atlantic right, humpback, and fin whales.  These funds have been provided to state agencies as well as scientific research organizations.  This research informs discussions and management focusing on reducing anthropogenic risks to large whales from activities such as fishing and shipping.

In 2011, funds were available through the Greater Atlantic Region Marine Mammal Grant Program seeking the submission of proposals addressing high-priority research and management needs that have been identified for the Marine Mammal Program.   Three marine mammal projects were funded through this program.

Atlantic Coast States Cooperative Planning for Right Whale Recovery Program

Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to enter into cooperative agreements with states that establish and maintain adequate and active programs for the conservation of endangered and threatened species.

The Atlantic Coast States Cooperative Planning for Right Whale Recovery Program, in place from 2002 through 2006, provided all coastal states with the ability to fund projects with a strong likelihood of reducing death and serious injury to right whales through the development or implementation of recovery plan tasks. Any coastal state, regardless of an active section 6 agreement, was eligible to apply for funding through this program.

Funded Projects & Their Final Reports – Click a year below to view summaries and final reports of state projects that have been funded through this program.

Current Marine Mammal Research Projects

After 2006, NOAA Fisheries Service’s Greater Atlantic Region Protected Resources Division administered marine mammal research funding through federal grants.  Many of these funded research projects focus on endangered large whales and thus provide helpful information that has been used in discussions focused on addressing entanglement and shipping risks.  Projects have also been funded focusing on other Marine Mammal Program priorities, including the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, Marine Mammal Viewing Program, and Large Whale Disentanglement Response Program.

Funded ProjectsClick here to view summaries and final reports (where available) of recently funded marine mammal research projects.