Voluntary New Right Whale Slow Zone East of Ocean City
On December 11, 2021, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s acoustic array detected the presence of right whales east of Ocean City, Maryland.
A VOLUNTARY Right Whale Slow Zone is in effect immediately and expires on December 26, 2021.
Mariners are requested to avoid or transit at 10 knots or less inside the following areas where persistent aggregations of right whales have been detected. Please visit nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike for more information.
East of Ocean City, MD Acoustic SLOW Zone: Effective December 11-26, 2021
Waters bounded by:
NORTHERN BOUNDARY: 38°38′ N
SOUTHERN BOUNDARY: 37°58′ N
EASTERN BOUNDARY: 74°13′ W
WESTERN BOUNDARY: 75°04′ W