Bonus of $2,500 per trip to be paid to California cargo ships to slow their speed for whales

August 8, 2014 11:38 AM

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Bonus of $2,500 per trip to be paid to California cargo ships to slow their speed for whales

To keep a check on the collusion between vessels and whales, every ship passing through the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of Southern California will be paid a bonus of $2,500 per trip to slow down its speed to 12 knots from more typical speeds of 14 to 18 knots.

This move started back in July under a four-month pilot program in the season when whale population in the channel peaks. Along with environmental groups participating actively in this drive, federal and local officials are also providing their support in all manners.

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