UAF Crew, Unmanned Aircraft Help Protect Endangered Right Whales


A NOAA research survey sighted North Atlantic Right Whale No. 3823, known as Sundog off the coast of Quebec, Canada on May 19, 2022, with a mouth entanglement. Photo by NOAA Fisheries/Mylene Dufour

The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration is back in Canada to help prevent endangered North Atlantic right whales from colliding with vessels in the busy Gulf of St. Lawrence.

This marks the third year of ACUASI as an official part of the Canadian government’s North Atlantic right whale monitoring program and its fifth year in the whale effort overall. ACUASI spent two years working on the technology as a pilot project contracted with

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