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Subject:**REVISED** NEW VOLUNTARY RIGHT WHALE SPEED REDUCTION ZONE – November 19, 2022
Date:Tuesday, November 22, 2022
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Please see the revised coordinates (highlighted below) for the larger E of Portsmouth DMA Slow Zone reflecting additional whales identified during the <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">review of images collected by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center aerial survey team:

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Good afternoon,

NOAA Fisheries announces a voluntary Right Whale Slow Zone (DMA/visual trigger). On November 19, 2022, the <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">NOAA North Atlantic Right Whale Sighting Survey team detected the presence of right whales 28 nm east of Portsmouth, NH. The Slow Zone is in effect through December 4, 2022. Mariners are requested to route around these areas or transit through the areas at 10 knots or less. 

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">VOLUNTARY RIGHT WHALE "Slow Zone" AREAS

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Mariners are requested to avoid or transit at 10 knots or less inside the following Dynamic Management Areas and Acoustic Slow Zones where right whales have been detected. Please visit our website for more information.

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black;background:#FFF2CC">East of Portsmouth, NH DMA Slow Zone -- in effect through December 4, 2022

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black;background:#FFF2CC">Waters bounded by:

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black;background:#FFF2CC">NORTHERN BOUNDARY: 43 31 N
SOUTHERN BOUNDARY: 42 47 N
EASTERN BOUNDARY: 069 37 W
WESTERN BOUNDARY: 070 37 W

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Southeast of New York City, NY Acoustic Slow Zone -- in effect through December 2, 2022

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Waters bounded by:

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">NORTHERN BOUNDARY: 40 41 N
SOUTHERN BOUNDARY: 40 01 N
EASTERN BOUNDARY: 073 03 W
WESTERN BOUNDARY: 073 55 W

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">East of Ocean City, MD Acoustic Slow Zone -- in effect through December 1, 2022

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Waters bounded by:

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">NORTHERN BOUNDARY: 38 38 N
SOUTHERN BOUNDARY: 37 58 N
EASTERN BOUNDARY: 074 13 W
WESTERN BOUNDARY: 075 04 W

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">ACTIVE SEASONAL MANAGEMENT AREAS (SMAs)

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Mandatory speed restrictions of 10 knots or less (50 CFR 224.105) are in effect in the following areas:

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Mid-Atlantic U.S SMAs 

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Southeast U.S. SMAs

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">SPREAD THE WORD:

All boaters from Maine to Virginia, or interested parties, can sign up for <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">email or text notifications<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black"> about the latest Right Whale Slow Zones. You can also follow us on Facebook (@NOAAFisheriesNEMA) and Twitter (@NOAAFish_GARFO) for announcements.

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DOWNLOAD THE WHALE ALERT APP FOR iPAD AND iPHONE FOR REAL-TIME UPDATES

FOR RECENT RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS, VISIT OUR WEBSITE

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ACOUSTIC DETECTIONS ALONG THE U.S. EAST COAST  

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<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">FOR AN AUTOMATIC RETURN EMAIL LISTING ALL CURRENT U.S. DYNAMIC MANAGEMENT AREAS AND SEASONAL MANAGEMENT AREAS, PLEASE SEND A BLANK MESSAGE TO:

NMFS.GAR.Rightwhale@noaa.gov

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DETAILS AND GRAPHICS OF ALL SHIP STRIKE MANAGEMENT ZONES CURRENTLY IN EFFECT

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<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">APPROACHING A RIGHT WHALE CLOSER THAN 500 YARDS IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW. PLEASE REPORT ALL RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS TO: 866-755-NOAA (6622) 

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<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Have a nice day!

Alicia

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Alicia Schuler

Regional Large Whale Ship Strike Reduction Coordinator

Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office

NOAA Fisheries | U.S. Department of Commerce

Phone: (978) 281-9235 | www.fisheries.noaa.gov

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#666666">Pronouns: she/her/hers

Notice posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Disclaimer
For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information is regularly vetted for accuracy it is not intended to replace the local knowledge or expertise pertaining to port conditions of our marine operations personnel. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up-to-date information.