Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Whale Watch Rules Proposed...

The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing a wider berth plus safety zone for orcas.

The proposed rules would prohibit vessels from approaching any killer whale closer than 200 yards and forbid vessels from intercepting or parking in the path of a whale. In addition, the proposed regulations would set up a half-mile-wide no-go zone along the west side of San Juan Island from May 1 through the end of September where generally no vessels would be allowed.

The compete San Juan Journal post it here.

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