USCG Launches Pacific Northwest Whale Awareness Program

USCG Launches Pacific Northwest Whale Awareness Program

U.S. Coast Guard officials in the Pacific Northwest are asking boaters to be mindful of sharing local waters with whales this summer. As part of its “Operation Be Whale Wise” launch July 1, the USCG is partnering with other agencies on the effort to make the public, including boaters, more aware of the orcas in the Puget Sound. That includes the enforcement of buffer zones and other vessel rules. Under federal rules, vessels are not allowed to approach killer whales within 200 yards or park in the path of killer whales. In 2019, the State of Washington required vessels to…
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