NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE PROJECT
Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville Jacksonville, as directed by Commander in Chief, U. S. Atlantic Fleet, has developed and implemented Northern Right Whale protective measures for the coastal waters of Georgia and Florida. In June, 1993 the National Marine Fisheries Service designated the Northern Right Whale winter calving area in Florida and Georgia coastal waters as a Critical Habitat. Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville coordinates Navy ship and aircraft clearance into the Northern Right Whale Critical Habitat and the surrounding Operating Area (OPAREA) based on season, water temperature, weather conditions, and frequency of whale sightings, and provides Northern Right Whale sighting reports to ships, submarines and aircraft. Through coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR), New England Aquarium Early Warning System (EWS) and others, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville organized a communications network and reporting system that ensures the widest possible exchange and dissemination of Northern Right Whale sighting information to Department of Defense (DoD) and civilian shipping. The information included here is the latest Northern Right Whale sighting data of the Northern Right Whale calving season. The calving season normally runs from 1 December through 31 March.
WHALE DATA UPDATED DAILY (MONDAY-FRIDAY)
"This data is used for educational purposes only. This is unverified information, please use with discretion. For any questions concerning whale data on this site please contact The Fusion Center or contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-FWCC."
Northern Right Whale Reporting Procedures
WAYS TO REPORT A WHALE SIGHTING.
To report a whale sighting one can contact FACSFACJAX Bristol Division commercial @ (904) 542-2004 or DSN @ 942-2004. Commands can also make a report via voice on UHF Frequency "311.5". To report a whale sighting electronically, download the document "FACSFACJAX - RIGHT WHALE REPORT FORM" below and fill in the correct information and follow email directions. When you have e-mailed the document it will be sent to FACSFACJAX Bristol Division.
Images of the Northern Right Whale
National Geographic Live!: Diving with Whales (YouTube video)
FACSFACJAX - RIGHT WHALE REPORT FORM.doc
5APR14-11APR14 Northern Right Whale brief.pptx
Northern Right Whale Sightings Within JAX OPAREA 2013_2014.xlsx