Media Advisory: Final Rule to Reduce North Atlantic Right Whale Entanglements

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NOAA Fisheries - New England - Mid Atlantic Bulletin

August 31, 2021

NOAA Fisheries Issues Final Rule to Reduce North Atlantic Right Whale Entanglements

Media contact:

Allison Ferreira,, 978-281-9103

NOAA Fisheries will host a video teleconference this afternoon to discuss a final rule, announced today, intended to reduce risk of mortality and serious injury to right whales caused by entanglement in Northeast lobster and Jonah crab trap and pot fisheries.

NOAA Fisheries and our partners, including members of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team that were instrumental in developing the rule, are dedicated to conserving and rebuilding the North Atlantic right whale population, which is critically endangered, declining, and experiencing an ongoing Unusual Mortality Event.


August 31, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. EDT


  • Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
  • Dr. Marisa Trego, Marine Mammal Take Reduction Team Coordinator, NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
  • Kristy Long, National Coordinator, Marine Mammal Take Reduction Program , NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources


- Webinar

- Questions and Answers


Please register for the video teleconference at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The media briefing will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m., but you will be able to log in up to 30 minutes early for technical support.

Following the call, a recording of the webinar will be posted shortly on the Press Release's webpage.  


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