Whales Get Right of Way at Martha’s Vineyard Wind Farm Construction Site

By Christopher Martin (Bloomberg) -- Migrating whales will have the right of way off the coast of Martha‚Äôs Vineyard starting this month under a new agreement between a wind developer and environmental groups. Vineyard Wind, which is building the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S., has agreed to halt some construction activity between January and April, … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Step Up Efforts to Protect the North Atlantic Right Whales

U.S. Coast Guard units in the Northeast and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement personnel are increasing focus this year on the enforcement of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP), to detect and deter illegally placed fishing gear and reduce the likelihood of fatal whale entanglements from occurring. Under the Marine … [Read more...]

Coast Guard Urges Caution as North Atlantic Right Whales Spotted Off Massachusetts

The U.S. Coast Guard is advising ships and mariners in New England to head caution as multiple groups of endangered North Atlantic right whales have been spotted off the coast of Massachusetts The groups have been observed from Boston Light to Marshfield on the south shore of Massachusetts, the Coast Guard said.  As per the Endangered Species Act, it is unlawful to … [Read more...]

New York City Noise Now a Risk to Endangered Right Whales

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Noise in New York has always grated on people and now, with the cacophony engulfing surrounding waters, it is threatening the city's newly discovered neighbors: endangered whales. Rare North Atlantic right whales and other species that use tonal and pulsating songs to find food and mates have been detected in New York … [Read more...]

Canadian Coast Guard Ship Hit with $6K Speeding Ticket in Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Canadian government has issued a $6,000 speeding ticket to a Canadian Coast Guard ship for travelling over the posted speed limit in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence. Since August 11, 2017, Transport Canada has been imposing a 10-knot speed limit for larger vessels operating in designated areas of the Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the increased presence of right whales in … [Read more...]