Georgia AG opposes NOAA proposal to change boat speed rules protecting right whales

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has joined the attorneys general in four other states in urging NOAA to reconsider proposed amendments to its North Atlantic Right Whale Strike Reduction Rule.

The amended rule under consideration by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would require all boats 35 feet in length and longer to cap maximum speed at 10 knots, or roughly 11.5 mph, when in Atlantic waters frequented by right whales. It also calls for expanding the area and season of compliance.

NOAA’s current 10 knot speed limit rule applies to vessels at least 65 feet in length.

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