NOAA Fisheries and the Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act was established in 1973 to conserve threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems. NOAA Fisheries works every day to protect, conserve, and recover our nation's marine life under the ESA.
Give Them Space: Right Whale Mother & Calf Interact with Dolphins
In February, 2019, scientists working under a federal research permit captured an amazing interaction between a group of bottlenose dolphins and a mother and calf North Atlantic right whale.
The Right Stuff: Regulations for Right Whales
North Atlantic right whales are one of the world’s most endangered large whale species, with only about 450 remaining. NOAA has developed regulations for boaters and fishermen to help protect these whales from vessel collisions and entanglements.
Teaming Up For Entangled Whales
In 2017, more than 70 whales were entangled in fishing gear/marine debris. NOAA Fisheries and its partners successfully disentangled 20 whales, increasing their chances of survival. For some species, this may significantly boost recovery.
Tyonek: One Year Later
One year ago, a four-week-old male beluga whale stranded on a mudflat near Trading Bay in Cook Inlet, Alaska. He is part of an endangered population of beluga whales. A year after his rescue, he is thriving at SeaWorld San Antonio.
Killer Whales at Night: Helping Protect Southern Residents
Little is known about what killer whales do at night. To learn more, scientists use suction cup tags called DTAGs that can monitor whales’ nighttime behavior and responses to noise. Learn how this new information could help better protect the whales.
Dusky Tracks: Satellite Tags Help Manage Fisheries Closures
Dusky sharks live along the U.S. East Coast, and are sometimes caught unintentionally by fishermen. Follow scientists and fishermen as they attach satellite tags to learn more about this shark’s movements and better manage our nation’s fisheries.
Sea Turtles: Is the Future Female?
Are sea turtles destined to turn all female? This video documents cutting edge research that discovers alarming trends as global temperatures rise, and fewer male turtles are hatching from the nesting beaches.
Hawaiian Hawksbill Turtles: One of the World's Most Endangered Sea Turtle Populations
Scientists are focusing their research on the Hawaiian hawksbill sea turtle in an effort to bring back the endangered population and are making some new discoveries.
Leatherback Turtles: Understanding the Pacific Population
Leatherbacks have some of the longest migrations of any animal on Earth. Scientists study their movements using satellite tags and their diets using camera tags. Learn where they go, what they eat, and how to help this highly endangered species.
Steller Sea Lions: Citizen Science at Work
You can help scientists identify photos of marked Steller sea lions in the Aleutian Islands - go to https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/sweenkl/steller-watch. NOAA Scientists are tracking this endangered population western Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
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