2014 Florida Volunteer Updates

As the North Atlantic right whales migrate to the South Georgia/Northern Florida coast each winter volunteers help watch for and capture critical details related to this endangered species. This information helps scientists track the fate of the species and acts as a first alert system to pilots in the shipping lanes to avoid accidental killings. This blog shares the findings, photos and other pertinent information gathered from the Palm Coast Sector Volunteer Team while helping to connect and communicate the many ways we can protect the right whales and sustain our wonderful ocean life.

Monday, July 4, 2011

NMFS Seeking Public Input & Information on New Rules to Help Save Whales From Entanglements

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is holding 15 public scoping meetings during July and August providing an opportunity for the public to get involved in the development of conservation measures intended to reduce the risk of serious injury and mortality of large whales due to entanglements in vertical lines. These public meetings will assist NMFS obtain information on the range of impacts that should be considered for the various options identified to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury of right, humpback and finback whales incidentally taken in commercial trap/pot and gillnet fisheries.  

The meetings begin July 11 in Maine and end on August 24 in Georgia. The schedule below lists meeting dates & locations. Please encourage all in your area to attend. For more information go to www.nero.noaa.gov/whaletrp and http://www.nero.noaa.gov/whaletrp/VerticalLineScoping/

credits: RIGHT WHALE NEWS, Volume 19.2, Page 10

Schedule of scoping meetings:
July 11th from 6-9pm
East Machias, ME
Washington Academy
66 High Street
July 12th from 6-9pm
Ellsworth, ME
Ellsworth City Hall Auditorium
1 City Hall Plaza
July 13th from 6-9pm
Rockland, ME
Rockland District High School Auditorium
400 Broadway
July 14th from 6-9pm
Portland, ME
Portland City Hall
State of Maine Room
389 Congress Street
July 18th from 5:30- 8:30pm
Providence, RI
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
July 19th from 6-9pm
Plymouth, MA
Plymouth Public Library
Otto Fehlow Room
132 South Street
July 20th from 6-9pm
Chatham, MA
Chatham Community Center
Large Meeting Room
702 Main Street
July 21st from 6-9pm
Gloucester, MA
NMFS Regional Office
Hearing Rooms A&B
55 Great Republic Drive
July 26th from 6-9pm
Morehead City, NC
NCDMF District Office
5285 Highway 70 West
July 27th from 6-9pm
Virginia Beach, VA
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
Folio Meeting Room
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
July 28th from 6-9pm
Ocean View, DE
Ocean View Town Hall
32 West Ave.
July 29th from 6-9pm
Manahawkin, NJ
Stafford Township Municipal Building
Council Meeting Room
260 Bay Avenue
August 22nd from 5-8pm
Cape Canaveral, FL
Cape Canaveral Public Library
201 Polk Avenue
August 23rd from 6-9 pm
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Port Authority
Board Room
2831 Talleyrand Avenue
August 24th from 6-9pm
Garden City, GA
Garden City City Hall
100 Central Avenue

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