Tuesday, November 08, 2011

{Press} Right Whale Sighting off Maine Coast Prompts Mariner Alert

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network | November 7, 2011

"A group of about 12 endangered right whales was sighted last week in the vicinity of Jeffreys Ledge off the Maine coast, prompting federal fishery regulators to request that mariners slow down in the area or avoid it altogether.

Federal fishery regulators are asking vessels in the vicinity of Jeffreys Ledge off the Maine coast to slow down.

NOAA Fisheries Service says a group of 12 endangered right whales was spotted in the area last week, prompting the agency to establish a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone.

The agency is asking mariners to slow down to 10 knots or less in areas where right whales have been sighted, or to avoid the areas altogether. The so-called Dynamic Management Area, or DMA, is in effect through Nov. 16.

Only about 400 right whales are known to exist in the North Atlantic. The whales are often sighted feeding this time of year near Jeffreys Ledge, a rich fishing area off the Maine coast."

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