Organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the event aims to raise public awareness about whales and to promote scientific projects across the country. Proposed activities include a workshop on disentanglement techniques, a presentation on the Bryde’s whale and a live question-and-answer session with experts.
According to Cisco Werner, Acting Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor, “2016 was a banner year for whale conservation at NOAA Fisheries.” In response to decades of conservation efforts, nine of the fourteen humpback whale populations have been removed from the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. In addition, a new NOAA Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap and a Recovery Plan for Cook Inlet beluga whales in Alaska were released.
Whale Week 2017 runs from February 13 to 17.
To learn more:
On the NOAA website