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New Right Whale Slow Zone SE of Atlantic City, NJ – Effective Through 11/12

On October 28, 2022, the acoustic array operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution detected the presence of right whales southeast of Atlantic City, NJ. The Right Whale Slow Zone is in effect through November 12, 2022.

VOLUNTARY Right whale “Slow Zone” AREAS

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

Southeast of Atlantic City, NJ Acoustic Slow Zone: Effective October 28-November 12, 2022

Waters bounded by:
NORTHERN BOUNDARY: 39°25′ N

SOUTHERN BOUNDARY: 38°44′ N

EASTERN BOUNDARY: 73°44′ W

WESTERN BOUNDARY: 74°36′ W

Active Seasonal Management Areas (SMAs)

Mandatory speed restrictions of 10 knots or less (50 CFR 224.105) are in effect in the following areas:

Mid-Atlantic U.S SMAs (in effect starting tomorrow, November 1 to April 30).

Give Right Whales Room

North Atlantic right whales are on the move along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. If seen, remember that approaching a right whale closer than 500 yards is a violation of federal and state law.

Right Whales in Trouble

North Atlantic right whales are protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Scientists estimate there are fewer than 350 individuals remaining, making them one of the rarest marine mammals in the world.

In August 2017, NOAA Fisheries declared the increase in right whale mortalities an “Unusual Mortality Event,” which helps the agency direct additional scientific and financial resources to investigating, understanding, and reducing the mortalities in partnership with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and outside experts from the scientific research community.

More Information

Details and graphics of all of all vessel strike management zones currently in effect.

Download the Whale Alert app for iPad and iPhone for real time updates on Slow Zones, SMAs, and other right whale sightings.

Recent right whale sightings and real-time acoustic detections along the eastern seaboard.

Find out more about our right whale conservation efforts and the researchers behind those efforts.

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