Potential Threats of Pollution on Rice’s Whales
NOVEMBER 15, 2021 ─ On November 10, OR&R representatives presented on the potential threats of oil pollution and marine debris during the Rice's Whale Recovery Plan Workshop. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) is developing a recovery plan for Rice's whale (Balaenoptera ricei) listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2019.
The purpose of the recovery plan, a guidance document, is to provide a roadmap for each species’ recovery, with the goal of improving their status and managing threats to the point at which protections under the ESA are no longer needed. NOAA Fisheries has convened a multi-session virtual workshop to harness the collective expertise, creativity, and ingenuity of stakeholders and experts from across the United States and beyond to help develop an effective recovery plan for the ESA-listed Rice's whale.