North Atlantic Right Whale Population Again at Historic Low

Scientists estimate only 340 whales remain

North Atlantic right whales help our climate and make our ocean more resilient. We must push for better protections to protect our valuable partners in this fight. Photo: NOAA

Photo: NOAA

October 24, 2022 (BOSTON, MA) – According to a new estimate from the New England Aquarium, the North Atlantic right whale population has dropped from an estimated 348 to 340 animals. The population declined at a slower rate than in recent years, but the downward trend continues. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response.

“This downward spiral must be stopped,” said Erica Fuller, Senior Attorney at CLF. “It’s time to put meaningful protections in place so whales are no longer needlessly killed by boats and fishing gear. The federal government needs to step up and do what’s right. Critically endangered right whales can recover, we just need to give them a chance.”


CLF experts are available for further comment.