Reduce and Mitigate Vessel Strike Mortality of Cetaceans
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
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.