And with the newly designed two-way interface, you, the user, can now play a direct role in the conservation of these species by reporting sightings of live, dead and distressed animals.
If you would like to donate, we can always put the funds to great use! (see the Take Action below).
Vulnerable to vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear, this species suffers mortality from human activities. Its recovery is threatened by low reproduction, habitat loss, disease and environmental contaminants. Solutions to reduce human impact on right whales exist, but implementation remains a challenge.
The Whale Trail's mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment by establishing a network of viewing sites along the whales’ trails through Puget Sound and the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest.
The Whale Trail utilizes the Whale Alert platform to provide its community a means to collect whale observations and to contribute data to the Whale Alert project at large.
Green Marine is an environmental certification program for the North American marine industry.
It is a voluntary, transparent and inclusive initiative that addresses key environmental issues through its 12 performance indicators. Participants are shipowners, ports, terminals, Seaway corporations and shipyards. The cornerstone of the Green Marine initiative is its far-reaching environmental program, which makes it possible for any marine company operating in Canada or the U.S. to reduce its environmental footprint by undertaking concrete and measurable actions.
To receive their certification, participants must benchmark their annual environmental performance through the program’s exhaustive self-evaluation guides, have their results verified by an accredited external verifier and agree to publication of their individual results.
With the free Whale Alert app, mariners and members of the public are provided with a user-friendly tool directly on their iPad or iPhone that displays whale "safety zones". The app also allows the user to report any live, dead, or distressed whale sightings to the appropriate response agency; thus making this app an important tool for reducing ship strike threat to all whale species.
Dynamic Management Areas (DMAs) use sightings of multiple whales to trigger temporary, voluntary speed restrictions or advisory notices. DMAs will appear during designated time periods. A pop-up alert providing explanatory details is displayed when entering DMAs.
Voluntary Areas to be Avoided (ATBA) in U.S. and Canadian Waters – Voluntary seasonal Areas to be Avoided (ATBA) in key right whale habitats have been established for ships weighing 300 gross tons or greater.
Recommended Routes (RR) are paths produced by NOAA (and shown in the app) to help guide vessels through densely populated whale areas.
Yellow whale tails indicate that a right whale has been detected within the past 24 hrs and NOAA recommends a speed of 10 knots or less through the area of the circle during that time period.