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
As a result of a grant awarded to FWC, educational signs are being posted throughout the southeastern United States to increase right whale awareness.
The early warning system communication network has been implemented
to help ships avoid collisions with right whales.
This article addresses FWRI's ongoing right whale research, including right whale distribution and biology, aerial surveys, photo-ID, and biopsy darting.
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