NOAA Fisheries is proposing new vessel speed restrictions from Massachusetts to Florida to protect North Atlantic right whales. This federal rule poses numerous setbacks to recreational fishing and boating, and if implemented, will have unintended consequences for the public.
NOAA is proposing to broaden the current 10-knot speed restriction to include vessels 35 feet and larger (down from 65 feet); expand the go-slow zones to include virtually the entire Atlantic Coast, plus a 90 mile radius, and extend these zone restrictions as long as seven months a year. This would cripple America’s Outdoor Recreation Economy along the Atlantic Coast.
Act ahead of the October 31 deadline and submit comments to NOAA and urge the Agency to implement much needed improvements to its proposal to ensure the health of both the right whale population and recreational fishing and boating.
Fill out the form below to submit comments to NOAA.