Budget Cuts Threaten Right Whale Research

Photo: NOAA/NEFSC Peter Duley

Wicked Local Provincetown: Water temperatures are rising, plankton are less predictable, right whales are arriving earlier and feeding less. These are some of the trends documented recently in Cape Cod Bay by the right whale habitat studies team at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

Or, as Dr. Charles “Stormy” Mayo would say, they are the individual “stories” told through science that add up to a picture of profound change. Without that science, says Mayo, who has led the habitat studies program for 27 years, there is no way to make informed decisions about how to manage the bay and its various resources — how to help a healthy oyster grow, for example, or protect an endangered whale.

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