[MARMAM] Right whale marine spatial planning paper corrected online

Andrew Wright marinebrit at gmail.com
Thu Jul 24 08:16:41 PDT 2014

Dear Marmamers,

Following the previous announcement regarding our new paper an error was
found in some of the details presented in the introduction. While it did
not affect any of the work contained in the manuscript, we took steps to
correct it for sake of accuracy. The revised proof is now online as of
today, 24th June.

If I sent you a copy prior to this, please get back in touch and I'll send
you the revised version.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Again, the details of the paper are:

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 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

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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