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maritime -- Southern California-NOAA Whale Advisory Posted: 10 Jun 2014 14:09:21
The purpose of this list serve notice is to help 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 has agreed to provide outreach through the Maritime List Serve to help broadcast the NOAA advisory to mariners. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – WHALES– POINT ARGUELLO TO DANA POINT Endangered blue, humpback, and fin whales can be found in their greatest numbers this time of year between Point Arguello and Dana Point. The following message was recently posted in the Coast Guard's District 11 Local Notice to Mariners to caution vessel traffic and encourage reduced speeds: 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 June through November, should exercise caution and reduce speed. These areas contain populations of endangered blue, humpback and fin whales which are federally protected under 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/management/resource/ship_strikes.html 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. If you see whales, please record the date and location, the number of whales, the species (if known) and a description of the animals. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the entire US Coast Guard Local Notice to Mariners, visit: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm11222014.pdf California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.