Newest NOAA Fisheries Survey Vessel Begins U.S. West Coast and Alaska Whale Survey

Vessel Reuben Lasker to assess gray whales and search for highly endangered right whales

NOAA Ship Lasker
NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker is one of the most technologically advanced fisheries vessels in the world. Photo credit: R.L. Pitman

NOAA’s newest research ship, the Reuben Lasker , departs San Diego this week on its first scientific mission that includes surveying gray whales along the West Coast. The survey will also search the Gulf of Alaska for right whales, among the most rare and endangered whales on Earth. Click here to read more about this exciting expedition.

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NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker

SWFSC gray whale research

AFSC North Pacific right whale research

North Pacific right whale status

Gray Whale Research Part 1: Born to Migrate

Gray Whale Research Part 2: From the Brink of Extinction to Recovery

Gray Whale Research Part 3: The Rigors of Research