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Subject:VOLUNTARY RIGHT WHALE SPEED REDUCTION ZONE EXTENSION – November 28, 2022
Date:Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Priority:Normal
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<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Good afternoon,

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">NOAA Fisheries announces the extension of a voluntary Right Whale Slow Zone (acoustic trigger). On November 28, 2022, the Ocean City buoy operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science redetected the presence of right whales 21 nm east of Ocean City, MD<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">. The Slow Zone is in effect through December 13, 2022. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through the area at 10 knots or less. 

As a reminder, five additional Slow Zones are also currently in effect. Locations and effective dates are listed below. 

<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 (DMA) and Acoustic Slow Zones where right whales have been detected. Please visit our website for more information.

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">East of Ocean City, MD Acoustic Slow Zone -- in effect through December 13, 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">Southeast of Atlantic City, NJ Acoustic Slow Zone -- in effect through December 12, 2022

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

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">NORTHERN BOUNDARY: 39 25 N
SOUTHERN BOUNDARY: 38 44 N
EASTERN BOUNDARY: 073 44 W
WESTERN BOUNDARY: 074 36 W

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">South of Nantucket, MA DMA Slow Zone -- in effect through December 7, 2022

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

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">NORTHERN BOUNDARY: 41 16 N
SOUTHERN BOUNDARY: 40 36 N
EASTERN BOUNDARY: 069 31 W
WESTERN BOUNDARY: 070 23 W

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Southwest of Nantucket, MA Acoustic Slow Zone -- in effect through December 6, 2022

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

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">NORTHERN BOUNDARY: 41 25 N
SOUTHERN BOUNDARY: 40 45 N
EASTERN BOUNDARY: 069 52 W
WESTERN BOUNDARY: 070 45 W

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

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

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">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">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 Wednesday, November 30, 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.