[MARMAM] New paper on marine spatial planning around right whales

Andrew Wright marinebrit at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 13:35:19 PDT 2014

Dear Marmamers,

We are please to announce that our new paper is now available online.

Petruny, L.M., Wright, A.J. & Smith, C.E. 2014. Getting it right for the
North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis): A last opportunity for
effective marine spatial planning? Marine Pollution Bulletin. Published
Online 4th July 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.06.004


The abstract is as follows:
The North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) faces increasing
pressure from commercial shipping traffic and proposed marine renewable
energy developments. Drawing upon the successful Stellwagen Bank National
Marine Sanctuary model, we propose a multi-stakeholder marine spatial
planning process that considers both appropriate positioning of offshore
wind farms and redefining commercial shipping lanes relative to whale
migration routes: placement of wind turbines within certain right whale
habitats may prove beneficial for the species. To that end, it may be
advisable to initially relocate the shipping lanes for the benefit of the
whales prior to selecting wind energy areas. The optimal end-state is the
commercial viability of renewable energy, as well as a safe shipping
infrastructure, with minimal risk of collision and exposure to shipping
noise for the whales. This opportunity to manage impacts on right whales
could serve as a model for other problematic interactions between marine
life and commercial activities.

You can also email me directly for a copy at: marinebrit at gmail.com



Andrew Wright, Ph.D.

"We don't have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after
itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we
live in will be capable of sustaining us in it." Douglas Adams
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