Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Right Whale Conservation

FWRI conducts aerial surveys each winter in an effort to reduce ship strike collisions with right whales. FWRI biologists respond to reports of dead, injured, and entangled whales and conduct research including photo identification and genetic sampling of right whales. Through the use of GIS technology FWRI creates maps and other products used in right whale management and conservation efforts.

Educational Signs Increase Right Whale Awareness

As a result of a grant awarded to FWC, educational signs are being posted throughout the southeastern United States to increase right whale awareness.

Early Warning System and Communication Network

The early warning system communication network has been implemented to help ships avoid collisions with right whales.

Research on Distribution and Biology

This article addresses FWRI's ongoing right whale research, including right whale distribution and biology, aerial surveys, photo-ID, and biopsy darting.

Right Whale GIS Projects

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to evaluate right whale distribution and habitat in the Southeast U.S and to define ship traffic patterns in and around habitat in the Southeast and Northeast U.S.

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