NOAA to host virtual pre-whale season webinar

Entangled mother humpback whale shown with a knife on the end of a long pole that would eventually be used to free her, benefitting both mother and her calf. As part of the science behind the sanctuary’s response efforts, the gear was determined to represent marine debris. (Ed Lyman/ NOAA MMHSRP permit # 18786-06/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A humpback whale carries a video-enabled instrumented suction-cup tag that records the whale’s movement and sounds. NOAA permit #19655. (NOAA/Special to West Hawaii Today)

NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will host a virtual pre-whale season webinar from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

Sanctuary staff will provide presentations about recent scientific findings and the upcoming 2022-23 whale season. Dr. Marc Lammers, sanctuary research ecologist, will discuss results from acoustic monitoring efforts, vessel surveys, and tagging work to understand whale behavior. Ed Lyman, sanctuary natural resource specialist, will talk about research associated with the sanctuary’s humpback health and risk assessment monitoring, and large whale entanglement response efforts. Both presenters will take questions from the audience.

The webinar is free and open to the public. To register, visit

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is administered by a partnership of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the state through the Division of Aquatic Resources. The sanctuary works to protect humpback whales through research, education, conservation and stewardship.

For more information, call (808) 879-2818 or visit

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