Expand vessel slow-down zones to save right whale calves and mothers

North Atlantic right whales are facing a deadly crisis: Along the East Coast, calves and mother whales are being killed in a rash of boat strikes that threatens the survival of this species altogether.

In recent weeks, a newborn whale calf was found dead with propeller wounds on a Florida beach. It’s the third right whale calf killed by a vessel strike in little more than a year. What’s worse, one of the moms is seriously injured and will likely die, while another has not been resighted since her calf was grievously wounded within mere days of birth.

Now the National Marine Fisheries Service is exploring expanding a rule that would limit the speed of boats and ships in right whale danger zones. These common-sense slow-down zones would save lives – and more surviving calves and breeding female right whales could help save this species.

Take Action: Urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to expand its vessel speed rule on the East Coast to save critically endangered right whales, including vulnerable calves and mothers!

 

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