NOAA denies petition for US Gulf of Mexico whale speed restrictions


The denial came Friday while the same interested parties await final version of a nearly identical measure aimed at protecting the North American right whale (NARW)

In what can only be seen as a major victory for the recreational and commercial boating and fishing industries, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries division has denied a petition from several conservation organisations to establish a mandatory 10kt speed limit and other vessel-related restrictions to protect endangered Rice’s whales in the Gulf of Mexico and will not proceed with rulemaking at this time.

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