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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.