House Moves to Delay Expanding Vessel Speed Limits to Protect Whales

The House Appropriations Committee moved on July 14 to block the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from implementing new vessel speed limits to protect North Atlantic right whales. The proposal has mobilized opposition across the U.S. maritime industry.

The committee’s markup session for NOAA includes language that would delay expanding speed limit zones to protect North Atlantic right whales off the U.S. East Coast until more monitoring technology is available.

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