Protect Coastal Recreation and the North Atlantic Right Whale
Understanding NOAA’s Proposed Speed Rule
Protecting coastal recreation is vital to creating a sustainable future for our oceans and the marine wildlife that call them home.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is preparing to finalize new regulations along the Atlantic Coast that, while designed to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, unfortunately come at the expense of coastal recreation, including fishing, boating and tourism. The truth is, coastal communities rely on recreation to support their livelihoods and pump money into their economies.
But it’s not just about economics. Coastal recreation is a way of life for many Americans, providing opportunities for relaxation, exercise, and connection with nature, and must be preserved for future generations.
Responsible stewardship of our oceans requires us to consider the needs of all stakeholders, including coastal communities and businesses. At CoastalRecreation.org, we’re advocating for a balanced approach that protects the endangered North Atlantic right whale and coastal recreation. By working together, we can find solutions that protect both our natural resources and our way of life.
and the North Atlantic right whale. Together, we can create a sustainable future for our oceans and coastal communities.
What’s At StakeThe recreational boating and fishing industry wants to work in coordination with NOAA and key stakeholders to identify technology based, data-driven solutions – including innovative tracking and monitoring technologies – that protect the North Atlantic right whale without jeopardizing coastal communities. Without a more balanced approach, coastal economies and boater safety are at stake.
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