New voluntary right whale speed restriction zone
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service has announced a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone dynamic management area (DMA) in the vicinity of Jeffreys Ledge to protect an aggregation of 15 right whales.
The whales were sighted in this area on 16 November and this DMA is in effect immediately through to 1 December. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less.
Jeffreys Ledge DMA – active until 1 December 43 25N
Jordan Basin DMA – active through to 24 November
Cashes Ledge DMA – active through to 23 November 43 34N
Active Seasonal Management Areas (SMAs)
Mandatory speed restrictions of 10 knots or less (50 CFR 224.105) are in effect in the following areas:
- Mid-Atlantic SMAs – active through to 30 April 2012
- Southeast SMA – active through to 15 April 2012
For details and graphics of all ship strike management zones currently in effect, visit www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike
Approaching a right whale closer than 500 yards (457m) is a violation of Federal and State law. Please report all right whale sightings to +1 978-585-8473. For more information on right whale aerial surveys and how to report right whale sightings, visit www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/surveys/SASInteractive2.html
Slow Down for Whales
For information on the latest voluntary speed restrictions in placeplease click here.
Source: The North of England P&I Club