as you follow your location on NOAA nautical charts, Whale Alert helps identify whales you see.
sharing sightings on Whale Alert helps rescuers, researchers and mariners, reducing deadly vessel strikes.
whales face constant human threats, with Whale Alert the power to save them is in our hands.
Ship strikes a leading cause of whale mortality.
Large whales are vulnerable to collisions with all vessel types, sizes, and classes throughout the world's oceans. In California, gray whales are the most commonly reported vessel strikes. Along the Atlantic coast, it's right whales. When large vessels such as container ships are involved, the ships crew may be unaware a strike has occurred. As such, the impacts of these collisions with whales is likely under reported.
Public whale sightings submitted via Whale Alert help establish speed zones, warnings, and other measures to reduce risks to whales.
MORTALITY FROM SHIP STRIKES HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A THREAT TO POPULATION RECOVERY OF VULNERABLE WHALE SPECIES.
THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 100 DOCUMENTED LARGE WHALE STRANDINGS BETWEEN 1992 AND 2012.
THERE ARE FEWER THAN 360 NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES LEFT IN THE WORLD - SHIP STRIKES ARE THE #1 MORTALITY FACTOR.
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Whale Alert is a global effort to reduce ship strikes and other human activities that threaten marine mammals. Network partners provide various areas of expertise including technology, research, outreach, and education to increase the effectiveness of whale conservation and protection measures.
From the beginning of Whale Alert, ifaw has been its principle champion, financial supporter, and lead NGO for outreach and expansion.
Whale Alert's technology stack is developed and maintained by Conserve.IO, a leading provider of conservation mobile technology and data collection for conservation.
NOAA Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary was the originating sanctuary of the Whale Alert project. It uniquely leverages acoustic technology to help detect the presence of right whales in the Boston Channel and uses the Whale Alert platform to alert commercial shippers.
The sanctuary hosts some of the largest aggregations of endangered whales to occur along the eastern seaboard of the United States.
This collaboration includes the five national marine sanctuaries of the West Coast, Conserve.IO, and Point Blue Conservation Science, in coordination with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), with a mission to reduce the number of ship collisions with whales. West Coast national marine sanctuaries encompass 12,843 square miles of marine protected areas around the Channel Islands, Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, Monterey Bay and Olympic Coast. Sanctuaries use a multi-pronged approach to reducing the risk of whale ship strikes and have committed to activities in research and monitoring, policy and management collaborations, and education and outreach. To learn about new and continuing initiatives led by West Coast sanctuaries and partners, visit the sanctuary website dedicated to reducing ship strike risk to whales. Sanctuaries are host to numerous threatened and endangered whale species such as blue, humpback, fin, sperm, and western North Pacific gray whales among others. These migratory whales rely on the highly productive waters located in the West Coast sanctuaries supplied by the California Current System.
The North Atlantic Right Whale Sighting Survey (NARWSS) is a NOAA Fisheries program which locates and records the seasonal distribution of North Atlantic right whales off the northeastern coast of the United States. Surveys are conducted aboard a NOAA Twin Otter aircraft year-round that flies systematic track lines within eleven primary survey blocks including Cashes Ledge, Franklin Basin, Georges Basin, Georges Shoal, Great South Channel (SCOPEX North and South), Howell Swell, Jeffreys Ledge, Jordan Basin, Lindenkohl Basin and Stellwagen Bank.
Canadian Whale Institute
Channel Island Cetacean Research Unit
At Channel Islands Cetacean Research Unit (CICRU) we pride ourselves in the daily contribution to cetacean research and understanding the health of the oceans. CICRU is a bio-surveillance research group analyzing the health of the ocean through the health of cetaceans. We believe in "One Ocean, One Health."
Tidal Energy is teaming up with scientists to better understand the potential impact of tidal turbine power generators on local marine life, including whales and other marine mammals.
The group is utilizing the Whale Alert platform to survey and track the movements of marine mammals in the proposed ares of development and will be using the platform to monitor the environment on an on-going basis.
Whale Alert Alaska - National Park Service
A partnership between NPS Glacier Bay, Whale Alert, NOAA, and the state of Alaska provides in-season daily updates of whale presence to reduce ship strikes in the waters of Southeast Alaska. Vetted industry members including cruise ship operators and pilots for the Alaska Marine Highway System use whale alert to keep informed of recent sightings.
The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy.
Since 2006, we have increased the share of green energy in our heat and power generation from 13 to 64%. Now, we have set a new target of more than 95% green energy by 2023.
Ørsted is the global leader in offshore wind, responsible for more than a quarter of the world’s installed offshore wind capacity.
Ørsted is a financial backer of the Whale Alert Project and a key representative of network of energy partners.
ProtectedSeas publishes the most comprehensive Marine Managed Area map online and is an active developer of ocean conservation technology.
ProtectedSeas provides critical technical resources and on-going support of the ever expanding set of Whale Alert projects.
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Conserve.IO International Fund for Animal Welfare U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries