Thursday, November 13, 2008

NEFSC/NOAA

I am excited to announce that I've just started a new position with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts!!! The right whale aerial survey team I join consists of Tim Cole, Pete Duley, and Allison Glass. For more info about the Right Whale Sighting Advisory System, see:

http://rwhalesightings.nefsc.noaa.gov/

My first day on the job started with a bang as we flew out to Jordan's Basin and saw 33 right whales!!!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Ship Strike Final Rule!

The new ship strike rule will go into effect in early December of 2008, and represents a major victory for North Atlantic Right Whale conservation!!!

There are less than 400 North Atlantic Right Whales remaining, and the main threats facing them are shipstrike and entanglement in fishing gear.

The new regulations will require vessels over 65 feet in length to reduce their speed to 10 knots or less, when in areas and at times where right whales are likely to be present.

Hopefully, these new speed restrictions will help to reduce the risk of fatal collisions and this small endangered population will continue to increase in numbers ...