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Right Whale Ship Strike Strategy – Northeast Region. Patricia Gerrior Northeast Region. Off Race Point. Seasonal Management Area (SMA) 1 April –15 May Speed Reduction Area or Route Around Dynamic management applicable (yr round) outside SMA. Great South Channel.

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Right Whale Ship Strike Strategy – Northeast Region

Patricia Gerrior

Northeast Region


Off Race Point

  • Seasonal Management Area (SMA)

  • 1 April –15 May

  • Speed Reduction Area or Route Around

  • Dynamic management applicable (yr round) outside SMA


Great South Channel

  • Seasonal Management Area (SMA)

  • 1 April – 31 July

  • Area To Be Avoided (> 300 grt)

  • > 65ft and < 300 grt Speed Reduction Area

  • Dynamic management applicable (yr round) outside SMA


Cape Cod Bay


Cape Cod Bay Measures

  • 1 January – 30 April

  • Seasonal Management Area (SMA)

  • CCB Right Whale Critical Habitat to western shoreline of Bay

  • Dynamic management applicable (yr round) outside SMA

  • Ship route - Boston & ports North

    • Western side of CCB & outside of critical habitat

    • Sufficient width to route around whales

  • Ship route - Provincetown

    • Speed restrictions in lanes

      • Lift speed restrictions when “no” whales


Gulf of Maine

  • Dynamic management areas (yr round)


Navigational Safety

  • Navigational safety must be considered in the application of all proposed measures

    • Seasonal (routing & speed)

    • Dynamic (area designation, routing & speed)


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