Right Whales in Cape Cod Bay, Speed Zone Established

North Atlantic Right Whales | National Marine Sanctuaries photo, Flickr.com

A voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area) has been established by NOAA around Cape Cod Bay to protect an aggregation of 6 right whales sighted in this area on December 11, 2018.

 The DMA is effective immediately through December 26, 2018.

Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less.

Cape Cod Bay, MA DMA coordinates:

42 07 N
41 28 N
070 45 W
069 54 W

 

There is also a Seasonal Management Area in effect in Block Island Sound through April 30, 2019. A mandatory speed restriction of 10 knots or less (50 CFR 224.105) is in effect in Block Island Sound.