On 10 May 2019, the Government of Canada issued an Interim Order announcing a suite of new measures to be implemented this summer to protect the endangered Southern Resident killer whales from vessel disturbance.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an alert regarding the right whale Dynamic Management Area off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States, after three whales were spotted in this area. This DMA is in effect since 10 February 2018. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less.
The UK P&I Club reminds operators of the speed restrictions which exist off the US coast.
The West of England P&I Club has posted on its website updated information regarding the USA- Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule reminding Members to ensure their vessels complied with the seasonal speed limit restrictions in place in certain areas off the East Coast of the United States.
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