The North Atlantic right whale is a critically endangered species, resulting from threats posed by human interactions with the leading causes of mortality including entanglement in fishing gear and vessel strikes.
To address vessel strikes, NOAA Fisheries, also known as the National Marine Fisheries Service, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is proposing changes to the North Atlantic right whale vessel speed rule to reduce the number of collisions.
Learn more about the proposed changes in a new NOAA fisheries podcast, where Dr. Caroline Good, a large whale ecologist and the lead on right whale vessel strike-related issues, introduces the proposed regulation, who it will impact, and how it can help.
For more information:
- Podcast on “Slowing Down to Save North Atlantic Right Whales”
- Rule to amend the North Atlantic right whale vessel speed regulations open for comment
- North Atlantic right whale species information
- More resources and guidance on vessel strikes can be found in the collision/strike factsheet of the Marine Mammal Management Toolkit.