North Atlantic Right Whale

With as few as 400 remaining, NOAA Fisheries is dedicated to the conservation and recovery of North Atlantic right whales.  Right whales are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Their two greatest threats are entanglement in fixed fishing gear and vessel strikes.

Each fall, right whales travel more than 1,000 miles from their feeding grounds off Canada and New England to the warm coastal waters of South Carolina, Georgia and northeastern Florida. These southern waters are the only known calving area for the species; an area where they give birth and nurse their young.

Learn more about behavior, distribution, habitat, threats and how to identify a North Atlantic right whale.

Information about the Early Warning System, how to report a right whale sighting, recent right whale sightings and annual aerial survey reports. 

Information about management efforts (including the SEIT) and regulations aimed at the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale population.  

Educational resources and information about the Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule, recommended shipping lanes and seasonal management areas.  

Information about various protective measures to reduce interactions and entanglement in fishing gear. 

Educational resources and links intended to educate and inspire right whale conservation.