Thursday, 16 May 2019 09:23

Southern California - Santa Barbara Channel Speed Reduction

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued an advisory on the Whale Advisory Vessel Speed Reduction Zone in Southern California - Santa Barbara to reduce the impact of ship strikes on whales. NOAA strongly recommends that vessels 300 gross registered tons or larger transiting the Whale Advisory Zone do so at speeds not in excess of 10 knots. These areas contain populations of endangered blue, humpback, and fin whales that are federally protected under various Acts. The whale advisory zone extends from approximately Dana Point to Pt. Arguello and vessels are requested to transit at 10 knots or less anywhere in this zone. Vessels transiting the voluntary Western Traffic Lanes are also encouraged to transit within the Voluntary Western Zone to reduce the overlap of ships and endangered whales. Please report any collisions with whales or any observed injured or dead whales to NOAA at 877-SOS-WHALE (877-767-9425) or to the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF Channel 16. NOAA is asking for the public’s help in tracking whales. Please report sightings through WhaleAlert.



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