NMFS Seeks Public Comments on Petition to Protect Rice’s Whales

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced that the Natural Resources Defense Council, Healthy Gulf, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, and the New England Aquarium submitted a petition for rulemaking to the agency to establish a year-round 10-knot vessel speed limit and other vessel-related mitigation measures in the Rice's whale “core” habitat area. NMFS is requesting comments on the petition through July 6, 2023.