NOAA Sets Voluntary Speed Limit Zone to Protect Right Whales

Right whale skim feeding with NOAA ship Delaware II in the background. Credit: NOAA/NEFSC

NOAA Fisheries has announced that a voluntary vessel speed-restriction zone has been established 85 nautical miles east-northeast of Boston to protect an aggregation of 3 right whales sighted in this area on May 15, 2015.

This voluntary speed-restriction zone will remain in effect through May 29, 2015. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less.

This zone is bounded by the following coordinates:

43 03N
42 24N
069 34W
068 40W

A mandatory speed limit of 10 knots or less is in effect in Great South Channel through July 31, 2015.

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Approaching a right whale closer than 500 yards is a violation of federal and state law. Please report all right whale sightings to: 866-755-NOAA (6622)