NOAA Seeks Input on Draft Ropeless Roadmap and Proposes New Vessel Speed Regulations to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

The North Atlantic Right Whale Road to Recovery describes NOAA Fisheries’ efforts to halt the current population decline and recover the species, including new vessel speed regulations and a “roadmap” for use of ropeless gear.

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Fishermen catching white marlin off boat White marlin. Photo courtesy of Mike Winn.
Side channel and mudflat habitats on Alder Creek with trees in the background. Credit: NOAA Side channel and mudflat habitats restored at the Alder Creek restoration project along Oregon's Willamette River. Credit: NOAA
NOAA Fisheries staff in the field at a restoration project site in Louisiana NOAA Fisheries staff in the field at a restoration project site in Louisiana. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.
Photograph from the North Atlantic right whale Catalog #3560 of "Snow Cone," a North Atlantic right whale sighted December 2, 2021 that was entangled in gear and with a new calf. Photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission taken under NOAA permit 20556. North Atlantic right whale Catalog #3560 ‘Snow Cone’ sighted December 2, 2021 entangled and with a new calf. Photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission taken under NOAA permit 20556.