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Reduce and Mitigate Vessel Strike Mortality of Cetaceans

Implementing Organization

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$3,834,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA

Details

Project Category

Environmental

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.

Contact

Stephen Heverly
(301) 427-8626
stephen.heverly@noaa.gov
Project Website
Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

For official trustee information regarding the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, including information regarding the NRDA process and the status of projects, see https://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/

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