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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.  


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:

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 whales@noaa.gov.

To see the entire US Coast Guard Local Notice to Mariners, visit:

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