Added: Taji Holquin - Date: 31.10.2021 09:56 - Views: 43737 - Clicks: 8664
Oceana released a new report finding that most vessels are exceeding speed limits in areas deed to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, of which only around remain.
Collisions with vessels are one of two leading causes of injury and death for North Atlantic right whales. While this analysis focused on vessels 65 feet or larger that are required to use public tracking devices, vessels of all sizes can cause fatal injuries to North Atlantic right whales.
In fact, a calf died earlier this year from propeller wounds, broken ribs, and a fractured skull from a collision with a foot recreational fishing vessel. If NOAA is serious about its mandate to save North Atlantic right whales from extinction, speed zones must be deated in the areas where whales currently are, and they must be enforced.
NOAA uses two different types of management tools to help protect North Atlantic right whales from vessel strikes: permanently deated mandatory Seasonal Management Area SMA speed zones in places where whales are expected to be, and reactive voluntary Dynamic Management Area DMA speed zones when a whale is spotted. DMAs suggest that vessels avoid the area and have a voluntary speed limit of 10 knots.
In contrast, SMAs require vessels to slow down to 10 knots. Oceana analyzed self-reported vessel speeds and location data to track vessel speeds and positions in North Atlantic right whale conservation areas. At best, the highest level of compliance with mandatory knot speed limits was only around two-thirds of vessels in the Off Race Point SMA, near Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
As a result of these findings, Oceana is urgently calling on NOAA to immediately revise vessel speed regulations for the U. Atlantic to:. Atlantic Coast. Oceana found that: At best, the highest level of compliance with mandatory knot speed limits was only around two-thirds of vessels in the Off Race Point SMA, near Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Atlantic to: expand and establish new SMAs; make compliance with DMAs mandatory; expand speed requirements to include vessels under 65 feet in length; require vessels to continuously broadcast public tracking als, including those under 65 feet in length; improve compliance and enforcement of mandatory speed limits; and narrow the exemption for federal agencies.
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