Monday, December 8, 2008
U.S. Coast Guard settles with wildlife groups
Defenders of Wildlife issued a press release stating that it has settled a case brought to protect whales from being struck by ships. According to the release, ship strikes are the number one cause of injuries and death for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. The settlement agreement ends a case brought by Defenders of Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States, Ocean Conservancy, and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and requires the Coast Guard to consider the impacts of three existing shipping lanes in Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Bay, and Cape Fear on whale populations.