Right Whale Protection Zones May Quadruple

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Inquirer & Mirror: The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service has made a proposal to expand the critical habitats along the eastern seacoast for right whales as mandated under the Endangered Species Act. The action was taken in response to petitions from marine diversity and whale advocates back in 2009.

The first critical habitat in this region was created in 1994. Supervisor of the Protected Resources Division of the NOAA Fisheries Service, David Gouveia, said that the new proposal would quadruple the size of the critical habitat that was established in 1994. The critical habitat classification will highlight the physical and biological aspects of the designated areas that make them unique and necessary for right whale survival.

Read more about the proposal to expand the right whale protection areas.