Large whales and ships: Ship strike research and mitigation efforts

Ships and Large Whales: Below contains news reports, articles, journal publications on the ship strike issue.

Recent News Articles

Chris Baraniuk’s article in the Vancouver, BC, Hakai Magazine’s article highlights Cascadia’s publication of a ships near miss of a blue whale. (March 11, 2020)

The environmental nonprofit organization, Center for Biological Diversity, filed a “notice of intent to sue” on March 2, 2020 claiming the Trump administration is not providing enough protection for whale and sea turtles. Read more about this here. (March 10, 2020)

NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit looked into whether or not the 5-year government initiative to slow down vessels coming into San Francisco Bay was successful in mitigating ship strikes. Please click on this link to watch the 7 min show and read the article. Cascadia’s work on this issue is mentioned and our upcoming research in 2020 will hopefully inform marine resource managers even more. (Feb 26, 2020)


Cascadia’s Recent Publications

Calambokidis, J., J.A. Fahlbusch, A.R. Szesciorka, B.L. Southall, D.E. Cade, A.S. Friedlander, and J.A. Goldbogen. 2019. Differential Vulnerability to Ship Strikes between Day and Night for Blue, Fin, and Humpback Whales Based on Dive and Movement Data from Medium Duration Archival Tags. Frontiers in Marine Science 6:503 doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00543

Flynn, K.R. and Calambokidis, J. 2019. Lessons from Placing an Observer on Commercial Cargo Ships Off the U.S. West Coast: Utility as an Observation Platform and Insight Into Ship Strike VulnerabilityFrontiers in Marine Science 6:501 doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00501

Szesciorka AR, Allen AN, Calambokidis J, Fahlbusch J, McKenna MF and Southall B (2019) A Case Study of a Near Vessel Strike of a Blue Whale: Perceptual Cues and Fine-Scale Aspects of Behavioral Avoidance. Front. Mar. Sci. 6:761. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00761