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The critically endangered North Atlantic right whale is in precarious straits. Fewer than 340 of these majestic creatures remain.
Vessel collisions are a leading cause of the species’ decline. Even a single boat strike could have major ramifications for the survival of the species.
Additionally, offshore wind development plans are underway that are crucial in reaching our national climate goals — but the projects will require the use of ships and bring noise and other threats for this already imperiled whale.
Fortunately, President Biden’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently released TWO proposals to protect the North Atlantic right whale. We need you to weigh in on both:
NRDC is fighting for BOTH proposals, but we need your help to create a massive groundswell of public support in defense of these endangered whales.
North Atlantic right whales face vessel strikes, fishing gear entanglements, underwater noise pollution, malnourishment, and other threats. This is all while fighting to adapt to climate change.
We can help the right whale by slowing boat speeds. Slower boat speeds save marine life, significantly reducing the chance of death or serious injury to whales and turtles from vessel strikes. Adopting a strong 10-knot speed limit for vessels helps protect ocean life for the future.
The Biden administration has also issued a strategy to protect North Atlantic right whales during development of America’s new offshore wind industry. This draft strategy is a good start, but needs stronger protections from threats like underwater noise pollution. In the absence of strong requirements, right whales are at an increased risk of exposure to harmful levels of underwater noise.