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North Atlantic Right Whale Sighting Survey

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photo credit:  NEFSC/Allison Henry
photo credit: NEFSC/Peter Duley

NARWSS areas

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 (Eubalaena glacialis) off the northeastern coast of the United States.  Surveys are conducted aboard a NOAA Twin Otter aircraft year-round, and fly 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.

Aerial Survey Annual Reports

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

The NEFSC Aerial Survey Team



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