Glacier Bay Whale Waters Vessel Speed and Course Restrictions Lifted 11/02/09
Contact: Allison Banks, Public Information Officer, 907-697-2230
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Superintendent Cherry Payne announced today that the 13-knot speed limit and mid-channel course requirement for vessels traveling in all Park waters is hereby cancelled. The number of humpback whales sighted in Glacier Bay has diminished to the point that these vessel operating restrictions are no longer needed.
The speed and course restrictions are cancelled as of 5AM on November 3, 2009.
Although Park managers do not anticipate implementing additional vessel restrictions this fall, boaters are advised to verify whale waters designations prior to entering Glacier Bay by telephoning (907) 697-2627 or by contacting KWM20 Bartlett Cove on marine VHF radio.
Did You Know?
Seawater is highly erosive to glacial ice. Waves and tides work away at an unstable glacier face, causing huge chunks of ice to calve, or break off, into the ocean.