Canadian Coast Guard Among Vessels Fined for Speeding in Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Government of Canada has issued fines against six vessels, including two Canadian Coast Guard ships, for breaking mandatory speed limits in the Gulf of St. Lawrence meant to protect endangered right whales. The fines were imposed against the commercial ships MSC Diego, Oslo Bulk and Isola Celeste, the private yacht Princess Ashita, and the CCGS Cape Edensaw and CCGS Cap … [Read more...]

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...]