Each year endangered North Atlantic right whales are found dead along the East Coast showing the gruesome effects of ship strikes -- crushed skulls, severed tails and deep, broad propeller wounds. With only 450 of these great creatures left in the world, killing just a few of them may threaten their chance for survival. Ship strikes are one of the biggest threats to right whales.
In 2008 the federal government set seasonal speed limits for container ships, tankers and other large vessels when they cross right whale habitat. Reducing ship speeds decreases a whale's chance of being hit and limits the severity of injuries. The speed rule proved to be a resounding success, reducing the risk of vessel-related whale deaths by 80 percent.
But ship speed limits are set to expire automatically in December 2013 if the National Marine Fisheries Service doesn't act to extend them.
Please take action now and ask the Service to save North Atlantic right whales by maintaining and expanding the existing speed limits.
July 30, 2013 Action Alert ID# 109
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