North Atlantic Right Whale Population at Historic Low

Scientists estimate only 336 whales remain

A right whale adult and calf near the water's surface

Photo: Brian Skerry/Steve De Neef

October 25, 2021 (BOSTON, MA) – According to the New England Aquarium, the North Atlantic right whale population has dropped from 366 to 336 animals in 2020, an eight percent decrease from 2019. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response.


“We cannot allow this downward spiral to continue,” said Erica Fuller, Senior Attorney at CLF. “Like the now extinct passenger pigeon, scientists are getting better and better at counting fewer and fewer whales. It’s time to stop pointing fingers and put meaningful protections in place so whales are no longer needlessly killed by boats and fishing gear. Right whales can recover; we just need to stop killing them.”


CLF experts are available for further comment.