National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

August 19, 2015 21:00 ET

NOAA Declares Deaths of Large Whales in Gulf of Alaska an Unusual Mortality Event

JUNEAU, ALASKA--(Marketwired - Aug. 19, 2015) - NOAA Fisheries is declaring the recent deaths of 30 large whales in the Gulf of Alaska an unusual mortality event, triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause.

Join our media teleconference tomorrow to hear details from and ask questions of our whale experts. We will provide the latest information on the whales' deaths and talk about next steps.

WHAT: Media availability to discuss recent deaths of whales in Alaska
WHEN: Thursday, August 20, 11 a.m. AK / 3 p.m. ET
Passcode: 5090788
WHO: Dr. Teri Rowles
NOAA Fisheries lead marine mammal scientist/National Marine Mammal Stranding Network Coordinator (Silver Spring, MD)
Aleria Jensen
NOAA Fisheries Stranding Network Coordinator, Alaska Region
Dr. Kate Savage
NOAA Fisheries, Off-site UME Coordinator (Juneau)
Dr. Bree Witteveen
Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, On-site UME Coordinator (Kodiak)
Paul Cotrell
Pacific Marine Mammal Coordinator, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada)

News Release and webpage should be online on Thursday around 10 a.m. AK time:

Contact Information

  • Julie Speegle
    (907) 586-7032