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Hawaiian Boaters Taught to Avoid Resurgent Humpbacks
The good news is that the humpback whale population has grown about 7 percent each year since the mid-1990s. The bad news is that there are now so many humpbacks giving birth in Hawaiian waters, that NOAA is conducting workshops teaching boaters how to avoid collisions with the whales. There were six collisions last years. The six collisions are an alarming increase from the average three strikes per season for the previous several years. Hitting a 40-ton whale is bad for both the boat and the whale.

In addition to educational outreach, the regulatory authorities are considering speed limits to protect boaters and whales. Additional research on whale location and vessel traffic is generally viewed necessary before any speed limits could be imposed.

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