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    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Vessel Speed and Course Restrictions Implemented to Protect Whales

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Date: May 31, 2007

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Tomie Lee announced today that a vessel speed limit of 13 knots through the water is being implemented in lower Glacier Bay whale waters to protect numerous humpback whales that have been sighted in the area. This speed restriction will apply to all vessels from 5 AM Thursday, May 31 until further notice. Since May 15, vessels greater than 18 feet in length passing through this area have also been restricted to a mid-channel course or 1 nautical mile offshore.

In addition, the Superintendent announced that a vessel speed limit of 13 knots through the water is being implemented in Park waters southwest of Point Carolus and at the entrance to Glacier Bay. This speed restriction will apply to all vessels from 5 AM Thursday, May 31 until further notice. There are no vessel course restrictions in this area.

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Did You Know?

Humpback Whale sounding

Humpback whales migrate approximately 2,500 miles to feed in Glacier Bay’s productive waters each summer. The fastest migration from Hawaii to Glacier Bay clocked-in at 36 days!