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Public meeting to discuss amendments to the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule

North Atlantic right whales have been listed as endangered since 1970. The latest estimate suggests there are fewer than 350 remaining, with fewer than 70 breeding females. NOAA researchers said the number of new calves born in recent years has been below average.
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North Atlantic right whales have been listed as endangered since 1970. The latest estimate suggests there are fewer than 350 remaining, with fewer than 70 breeding females. NOAA researchers said the number of new calves born in recent years has been below average.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management is accepting public comment on proposed amendments to the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule.

The proposed action includes modifying the boundaries and timing seasonal speed restrictions of 10 knots or less and extending the size threshold to include most vessels 35 feet or longer.

The public can comment in writing or at a meeting scheduled for July 23, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, in Morehead City. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Kelly Batchelor hails from the small crossroads community of Cabin in Duplin County in Eastern North Carolina. Since 1989 Kelly has been actively employed in radio.