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brenda rone  

The North Pacific Right Whale Research Cruise scheduled for the month of August in the Gulf of Alaska to is designed to locate, photograph, and hopefully satellite-tag a critically endangered North Pacific right whale. This cruise represents one leg in a four-month Collaborative Large Whale Survey that is being conducted along the west coast by the Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center aboard the NOAA Fisheries research vessel Reuben Lasker.

Brenda Rone (pictured left) is NOAA Fisheries affiliate and chief scientist on the cruise. Brenda Rone has an M.S. in biology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has been studying marine mammals since 1998 and has extensive experience in large whale research. She started working with North Atlantic right whales in 2002 and moved to Seattle, Washington, in 2008 to work at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center conducting North Pacific right whale research. Since that time, she’s been involved in numerous Alaska projects, leading both aerial and vessel surveys for the lab. She is passionate about conservation and management issues with particular interest in identifying and addressing human impacts.

Cruise Photos
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Read more about this important cruise. Listen to a recording of a right whale call. Check out some photos! Check back here for updates on what Brenda and our other scientists see while on the cruise.


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