Monday, November 12, 2012

Slow down for right whales

It's right whale migration time which means Operation Right Speed is in effect, possibly affecting Amver ships. Large vessel operators, vessels 65-feet or greater, are reminded to keep speeds 10 knots or less in designated right whale migration routes and calving grounds.

The designated areas can be found at the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration site.

The Coast Guard is working closely with NOAA with a shared goal of conserving and rehabilitating the whale's population.

To report a suspected violation in the seasonal management areas, call the national hotline at 800-853-1964.

The North Atlantic right whale is protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.

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