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Reducing Ship Strike Risk to Whales

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Shipping Industry Outreach

Seasonal Whale Advisories:

West coast sanctuaries, together with NMFS, US Coast Guard and the National Weather Service (NWS) provide seasonal notices and whale advisory zone chartlets to mariners. Chartlet and regional notices are provided below.

Whale Advisory Listserv

In 2012 the west coast sanctuaries and NMFS developed a listserv to enhance communications with the shipping industry. This listserv is used to distribute whale advisories, sightings, and notifications of upcoming meetings and events. If you are a member of the shipping industry in California and would like to receive future email updates directly from NOAA on whale sightings in and around shipping lanes, or whale conservation and management issues, please sign uplink leaves government website or e-mail a request to Sean Herron.

Whale Poster for Ships

A whale poster has been developed by the Pacific Merchant's Shipping Association (PMSA), in collaboration with NOAA, for use on board ships. The posters are intended to be used as an awareness tool to aid in whale identification and reporting.
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Observers on Commercial Ships

Observers are being placed onboard commercial ships, made possible through the Cascadia Research Collective along with help from PMSA. This is part of a large-scale project aimed at reducing ship strikes and timed to coincide with the recent lane adjustments.

Shipping Industry Meetings:

Sanctuaries and NMFS Southwest Region (SWR) staff have met with shipping industry representatives to collaborate on how to reduce the risk of ship strikes on whales. At these meetings a recommendation was made to use ships as platforms of opportunity to monitor for the presence of whales, foster more effective dialogue between NOAA managers, scientists, and the shipping industry, and create real time feedback loops on the co-occurrence of whales and ships and provide notification to ships so they could take appropriate actions to minimize the risk of a lethal ship strike. The latest Northern California meeting took place September 5th, 2012 at the Port of Oakland. Materials from that meeting are now available:

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