Speak Out Against NOAA Fisheries’ Vessel Speed Restrictions

What’s happening? In August 2022 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – a scientific and regulatory agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce – proposed changes to its “North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule.”

What this means for boaters: If NOAA’s proposed changes go into effect, this impacts boaters’ ability to get on the water along the Atlantic coast.

What changes does NOAA want? 

  • A mandatory 10-knot (11 mph) speed restriction for all boats 35 feet and greater in length.

  • An expansion of the mandatory speed zone to cover a broader swath of the ocean, from Massachusetts to Florida.

  • A 10-knot speed restriction up to 100 miles out from the shoreline, in some instances, for up to 7 months.

What you need to do: Fill out the form to the right, and submit a letter to your members of Congress urging they engage the Biden administration and NOAA to protect boating access and make changes to its rule.

Fill out the form below to submit comments to NOAA.

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