whale in shipping lane - Cascadia ResearchPersistent prompting by an Auckland scientist has persuaded the shipping industry to rearrange its schedules, for a whale.

After a six-year campaign led by Dr Rochelle Constantine, of the University of Auckland’s school of biological sciences, the shipping industry this week agreed to reduce speeds and take other measures to improve the chances of vulnerable marine mammals surviving ship strikes, especially the resident population of Bryde’s whales.

The “transit protocol” devised with the Port of Auckland will cost shipping companies time and money – matters Constantine confesses she finds less important than survival of a whale.

(READ the story from the New Zealand Herald)

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