New Shipping Lanes in SB Channel To Help Protect Whales

Posted: December 27, 2012

By: Dave Alley [KCOY]

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The International Maritime Organization (IMO), which governs worldwide shipping lanes, has announced it will alter lanes from San Francisco to Los Angeles, including the Santa Barbara Channel. The three changes will be made to help protect endangered whales and will reduce interactions between fishing vessels and commercial ships. The changes in the Santa Barbara Channel will narrow the existing lanes and will move the southbound lane by one nautical mile, which will steer boats away from an area frequented by blue and humpback whales. For more information, see story below.

Busy shipping lanes off the California coast, including routes that cross three national marine sanctuaries, will be adjusted to protect endangered whales from ship strikes.

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