[From: WIRED NEWS: California Shipping Lanes Moved in Attempt to Avoid Killing Whales BY NADIA DRAKE05.31.135:59 PM]
Scientists, conservationists, policy makers, and the shipping industry are working together to minimize the intersection of whales and ship traffic. (Credit: John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective) Whales near California’s largest ports are about to gain a bit more protection from the cargo ships with which they share their marine homes. In recent years, a record number of the seafaring giants have been hit and killed by ships sailing along the California coast, at levels that are unsustainable for already endangered populations.
Changes to the mile-wide shipping lanes that funnel maritime traffic into the San Francisco Bay and to the ports in the Los Angeles area go into effect on June 1, and some of the modifications have been made specifically to reduce the presence of ships in areas whales are known to frequent.