Whale-Protection Cuts Sought
NOAA Scales Back Proposed 30-Mile Speed Limit Zones
One of the leading causes of death for right whales, this one with a calf off the coast of Florida in February 2005, is collision with a ship.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The Bush administration yesterday proposed scaling back protected zones for endangered whales in the Atlantic Ocean, yielding to cargo companies’ concerns about new speed limits for ships in these areas.
The proposal, unveiled yesterday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, could end more than a year of wrangling between federal fisheries scientists and the White House over new measures to protect the North Atlantic right whale. About 300 of the whales remain, and researchers say their tiny population has been reduced further by fatal collisions with large ships.