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The Northeast Implementation Team (NEIT) for the Recovery of the North Atlantic Right Whale

What is the role of the North Atlantic Right Whale Recovery Plan Northeast Implementation Team (NEIT)?

This multi-disciplinary team was established to advise NOAA Fisheries on issues related to the status and conservation of right whales in the Northeast U.S. (Maine to Virginia). The NEIT will:

  1. Coordinate and effect recovery plan implementation in Northeast U.S. while making efficient use of available resources via recommendations to NOAA Fisheries GARFO.
  2. Involve stakeholders in implementation of the recovery plan.
  3. Promote creative solutions.
  4. Monitor effectiveness of recovery plan implementation and adapt accordingly.
  5. Identify and prioritize information needs that can be best addressed through enhanced partnerships

Will the NEIT address entanglement issues?

Right whale entanglements in fishing gear are addressed by the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team process. However, the NEIT may help support the Take Reduction process, if needed, to help implement recovery goals.

What is the Southeast Implementation Team (SEIT)?

The SEIT is the southeast counterpart to the NEIT, working on recovery issues from North Carolina through Florida.


What is the Right Whale U.S. Implementation Team ?

The NEIT and SEIT combine to form a U.S. Implementation Team to coordinate on coastwide issues. Both teams work independently on regional issues, but will coordinate on issues to address coast wide specific issues. This coordination will also include through the use of subgroups such as the Population Evaluation Tool Subgroup and others as needed

More Information on the NEIT

Population Evaluation Tool Subgroup

The objective of the subgroup will be to develop a population viability analysis or other assessment tool that will allow the agency to characterize the North Atlantic right whale extinction risk, taking into account current and future threats, and will allow inquiry into how much improvement to present-day mortality and reproduction schedules is needed to improve population trajectories. This analysis would be useful to help identify benchmarks based on population status which would inform management as well as any gaps in research.  


The Endangered Species Act aims to protect, conserve, and recovery endangered and threatened species.

Recovery is the process of restoring listed species and their ecosystems to the point where they no longer require Endangered Species Act protections.

A primary role for NOAA Fisheries in recovering endangered and threatened species is to set goals, for each species’ recovery comeback through the development of recovery plans.  

The ESA authorizes NOAA Fisheries to appoint recovery teams to assist with the development and implementation of recovery plans. 

Site updated November 1, 2018