Recommended Measures to Reduce Ship Strikes of North Atlantic Right Whales

To reduce the risk of vessel collisions with right whales, three basic management measures, derivatives and combinations thereof are proposed to address commercial ships:
• Routing vessels around high-risk areas.
• Routing ships through a high-risk area to minimize travel distances of vessels and risks of whale-vessel interactions.
• Restricting vessel speed through high-risk areas.


Brian Sharp, Emergency Relief Officer, Stranding Coordinator
Manager, Marine Mammal Rescue and Research
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation
Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation Program
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Marine Conservation