New Slow Speed Zone Established East of Boston to Protect Right Whales 

The North Atlantic Right Whale | Photo posted by Lauren Packard (Source: NOAA), Flickr.com

NOAA Fisheries has announced a new voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area or DMA) east of Boston in order to protect right whales recently sighted in the area.

On March 14, a marine mammal observer reported an aggregation of right whales 18 nautical miles east of Boston, MA.

There are now three voluntary slow speed zones in place to protect right whales, as well as three mandatory zones.

Mariners a are requested to navigate around these areas or maintain a speed of 10 knots or less inside these areas where groups of right whales have been sighted.

The new East of Boston DMA is in effect through March 29, 2020.  

42 45 N
42 04 N
070 11 W
071 10W

The DMAs off Nantucket are in effect through March 27, 2020. 

Southeast of Nantucket 

41 02 N
40 15 N
068 58 W
070 01 W

South of Nantucket DMA 

41 11 N
40 22 N
069 32 W
070 37 W