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Newborn orca found dead on beach

A newborn female killer whale calf was found dead in Seaview, Wash., on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2011. The carcass was transported to Portland State University where a necropsy was performed by Portland State University, NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Cascadia Research, and Dr. Stephen Raverty.

The killer whale calf has not yet been identified to population or ecotype, such as Southern Resident or transient, and a full suite of samples was collected and has been sent to several labs for analysis. Officials will provide an update when more information on the results of this stranding investigation is available.


NOAA Fisheries has released a draft of its enforcement priorities and invited the public to submit comments through Jan. 9, 2012. These enforcement priorities are the latest step NOAA is taking to improve its enforcement program, and will help the agency emphasize compliance through better communication with fishermen, boaters, and others. Compliance assistance to whale watchers to reduce illegal interactions is included in the Regional Priorities.

Enforcement has played a key role in developing and implementing the new vessel regulations to protect killer whales in Washington, and this is an opportunity to provide feedback to the Office of Law Enforcement.

The draft priorities and information about submitting comments are available online.

The Northwest Fisheries Science Center, The Whale Museum and The Center for Whale Research have applied for new permits to conduct research on marine mammals. NOAA Fisheries is requesting comments on those applications.

Please see the Federal Register notice on the Fisheries Northwest Region website for details. You must submit comments by Dec. 5, 2011.

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