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maritime -- Central and Northern California-NOAA Whale Advisory

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 16:00:30
The purpose of this list serve notice is to assist the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) broadcast an
advisory concerning populations of endangered whales off the
coast of Central/Northern California.   NOAA has requested and
the California Air Resources Board has agreed to provide outreach
through the Maritime List Serve to help broadcast the NOAA
advisory to mariners.  


NOAA recommends that vessels transiting between Point Piedras
Blancas and Bodega Bay during the months of May through November
exercise caution and reduce speed when traveling around the
following: the 100 fathom isobath, Cordell Bank, Farallon
Islands, inbound and outbound of San Francisco Bay. These areas
contain populations of endangered Blue, Humpback and Fin whales.
Collisions with these animals resulting in their injury or death
may be a violation of Federal Laws 16 U.S.C 1538 et. seq. and 16
U.S.C 1431 et seq.

NOAA strongly recommends that vessels 300 gross registered tons
or larger transiting the Traffic Separation Scheme at the
entrance to San Francisco Bay do so at speeds not in excess of 10
Additional information can be found at:

Please report any collisions with whales or any observed injured
or dead whales, including the time and position, to NOAA at
877-SOS-WHALe (877-767-9425) or to the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF
Channel 16.

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