StrikeMaps: A Global Center for Whale Ship Strike Mapping and Prevention
Globally, hundreds and possible thousands of large whales are killed annually by large ships in areas where ships and whales co-occur. We have partnered with the Great Whale Conservancy to create a whale ship strike mapping and policy center called StrikeMaps. We are developing innovative softward for mapping whale ship strikes and developing best practices and solutions necessary to avoid such collisions. StrikeMaps is working cooperatively with scientists, governments, the retail and shipping industry, and conservationists to map areas and develop solutions that can prevent whale-ship collisions. Appropriately planned shipping lane changes, temporal adjustments to shipping schedules, limits on vessel speeds, or development and implementation of new technologies can save hundreds of whales annually. Please visit www.strikemaps.org. to learn more about this important work.