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Reduce and Mitigate Vessel Strike Mortality of Cetaceans

Implementing Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Marine Mammals

Project Description

This project will decrease the risk of vessel collisions with whales, particularly large whales in the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Vessel collisions are a known source of human-caused mortality for many marine mammal species and, in particular, for large whales. Collisions can result in serious injury or death due to either penetrating injuries from propeller cuts or blunt force trauma from collisions with vessel hulls. The true numbers of whale interactions with vessels are typically underestimated. While vessel collisions may be documented relatively infrequently in some large whale species, collisions may still be considered a major threat, particularly for specific whale populations that are small. Through stakeholder and industry meetings and workshops, the project will identify priority areas and restoration activities to reduce the risk of vessel collision. The project will then work with scientists, managers, and stakeholders to develop and implement restoration activities through collaborative partnerships.


Christina Fellas
(727) 551-5714
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