Wildlife & wild places

Tell NOAA: Act fast to protect Right whales

Right whale mother and calf swimming
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A right whale calf and mother.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

In January, a North Atlantic Right whale calf was struck by a boat and your agency warns it’s likely to die as a result of its injuries. As you’re aware, boat strikes are a leading cause of mortality among this critically endangered species, and we can’t afford to lose any more of them if this species is to survive.

I urge you to enact the strongest possible vessel strike rule as soon as possible to require smaller boats to slow down, as is already required of larger boats, to enforce these speed limits, and to expand seasonal speed limits to cover more of the areas where we know Right whales hang out.


CC: Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Brenda Mallory