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NOAA Fisheries Announces New Voluntary Speed Restriction Zone E-NE of Boston

March 29, 2017

NOAA Fisheries has established a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone 12 nautical miles east-northeast of Boston, MA established to protect an aggregation of three right whales sighted in this area on March 25, 2017.

Mariners, please avoid or transit at 10 knots or less inside the area (see map).

Boston, MA zone coordinates:

42 41 N

42 03 N

071 13 W

070 18 W

This voluntary speed restriction zone is in effect through April 9.

Find out more about all the dynamic and seasonal management areas where speed is restricted.

Learn more about how to reduce vessels strikes of whales.

You can also get recent right whale sightings and the latest acoustic detections of right whales in Cape Cod Bay and the Boston shipping lanes. Or, download the Whale Alert app for iPad and iPhone.

Remember that approaching a right whale closer than 500 yards is a violation of federal and state law. Please report all right whale sightings to 866-755-NOAA (6622) 


Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel at 978-281-9175 or