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maritime -- Southern California-NOAA Whale Advisory

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 10:09:02
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 Southern California. NOAA has requested and the
California Air Resources Board (ARB) has agreed to provide
outreach through the ARBís Maritime List Serve to help broadcast
the NOAA advisory to mariners.  

If you would like to receive future email updates directly from
NOAA on the presence of whales in and around shipping lanes and
whale conservation and management issues off the California
coast, please sign up on their new email list @: 

http://www.rain.org/mailman/listinfo/noaa-whale-advisory-l

Or send an email directly to Sara.Hutto@noaa.gov requesting
subscription to the NOAA email list. 

UPDATE ON NOAA's 10 knot Slow Speed Recommendation for the Santa
Barbara Channel
Based on the best available whale sightings data, NOAA has
determined that it is appropriate to discontinue the 10 knot slow
speed recommendation in the Santa Barbara Channel Traffic
Separation Scheme. If the whales return in greater numbers to the
Santa Barbara Channel, we may reissue the 10 knot slow speed
recommendation.   

Note, mariners are advised to remain on alert and watch for
whales within the Whale Advisory Zone from Point Arguello to Dana
Point, CA, as described in the current Local Notice to Mariners
generated by NOAA and issued by the US Coast Guard and reads as
follows:

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-WHALES-POINT ARGUELLO TO DANA POINT
NOAA recommends that vessels transiting the area between Point
Arguello and Dana Point, including the Traffic Separation Schemes
in the Santa Barbara Channel and San Pedro Channel, from May
through November, should exercise caution and reduce speed. These
areas contain populations of endangered blue, humpback and fin
whales. Collisions with these animals resulting in their injury
or death is a violation of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C.
1538 et seq.), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 1361
et seq.), and the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. 1431
et seq.).

Additional information can be found at: 
http://channelislands.noaa.gov/focus/alert.html.
http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/protect/shipstrike/welcome.html
NOAA Chart 18022

Mariners are advised that large numbers of whales have recently
been observed around Catalina Island south to the waters off of
Orange County and to keep a sharp lookout for whales in the
area.

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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