Outdoors Digest

Posted: Sunday, June 05, 2005

Speed, course limits set in Glacier Bay

Up to 18 humpback whales have been spotted consistently in Glacier Bay during the past week, prompting the National Park Service to impose a 13-knot speed limit for all vessels in the lower bay and Whidbey Passage.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Tomie Lee announced the limit on Thursday and said it will remain in effect until further notice. Vessels longer than 18 feet are restricted to a mid-channel course through Whidbey Passage, or 1 nautical mile from shore.

The restrictions are meant to reduce disruption of feeding whales and to lower the risk of collision. Motorized vessels entering Glacier Bay are advised to verify whale water designations by calling 907-697-2627 or contacting KWM20 Bartlett Cove on marine radio.

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