Saturday, June 15, 2024

NOAA Launches Whale Speed Compliance Dashboard


The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched a dashboard showing a high level of compliance with North Atlantic right whale obligatory vessel speed zones.

The new dashboard takes its data from the shipboard AIS (Automatic Identification System).

The dashboard allows users to parse data by speed, time of year, speed zone, ship type and date. Currently, vessels longer than 65ft/19.8m are obligated to travel at speeds not exceeding 10knots in designated areas. This rule is in place to avoid collisions with migrating North Atlantic right whales and to give the animals a chance to escape. The dashboard shows that vessel compliance has dramatically increased since the speed zones were introduced back in 2008.

Commenting on the dashboard, Janet Coit, the assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries, stated:

“One of our objectives in our North Atlantic right whale Road to Recovery is to monitor the effectiveness of conservation efforts, and this dashboard helps us do just that. This dashboard allows NOAA Fisheries to closely monitor and share how effective speed regulations are at slowing down vessel traffic to reduce the threat of vessel collisions to right whales.”

You can find out more information about the interactive dashboard here.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for