Shipping lanes off Calif tweaked to protect whales

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm •  Published: December 27, 2012
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In the Santa Barbara Channel, where four blue whales were killed in vessel strikes in 2007, a southbound lane will be shifted a mile north, steering ships away from feeding grounds used by blue and humpback whales. Other lanes will be narrowed.

Similar lane adjustments are in store for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The twin ports handle 40 percent of America's import trade.

"This is a win-win situation" for maritime safety and whale protection, William Douros of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries said in a statement.

NOAA helped craft the latest shipping lane changes. The agency said lane changes that went into effect off the coast of Massachusetts five years ago have reduced the risk of whale strikes from ships.



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