Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone Established off P-Town

NOAA Fisheries announces that a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area or DMA) has been established to protect a group of 3 right whales sighted east of Race Point on May 5.

VOLUNTARY DYNAMIC MANAGEMENT AREAS (DMAs)

Mariners are requested to avoid or transit at 10 knots or less inside the following areas where groups of right whales has been sighted. Find out more about ship strike reduction efforts.

Coordinates East of Race point: in effect through May 19.

42 22 N

41 44 N
070 27 W
069 36 W

There area also two active voluntary slow speed zones east of Boston in effect through mid-May.

ACTIVE SEASONAL MANAGEMENT AREAS (SMAs)

Mandatory speed restrictions of 10 knots or less (50 CFR 224.105) are in effect in the following areas:

Cape Cod Bay SMA in effect through May 15

Great South Channel in effect through July 31