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Reducing Ship Strikes to North Atlantic Right Whales

Vessel Speed Restrictions

All vessels 65 feet (19.8 m) or longer must travel at 10 knots or less in certain locations [pdf] along the U.S. east coast at certain times of the year to reduce the threat of ship collisions with critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

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Vessel Routing

Petition to Exclude Areas from Vessel Speed Restrictions

We received a petition to exclude from vessel speed restrictions Federally-maintained dredged entrance channels and pilot boarding areas for ports from New York to Jacksonville.

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Right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) skim feeding with Delaware II in the background. Credit: Lisa Conger, NOAA/NEFSC
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Updated: October, 2015