Acoustic Ocean Buoys Protection of the North Atlantic Right Whale
September 7, 2022
CMA CGM Group announced in March its partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution (WHOI) to increase right whale detection efforts along the U.S East
Coast. With funding from CMA CGM, WHOI researchers will assemble and deploy two,
near real-time passive acoustic monitoring buoys off the coast of Norfolk, Va.,
and Savannah, Ga., early this year.
CMA CGM and WHOI collaborate to aid in the survival of the North Atlantic right whale, one of America’s most critically endangered species
Although North Atlantic right whales are protected under the Endangered Species
Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, serious threats to their survival
abound, and only approximately 336 of these great whales remain. The installment
of the buoys aims to aid in the endangered species’ survival as they migrate
from north to south.
CMA CGM and WHOI will lead the development of an industry consortium focused on reducing risks to right whales from vessels
In addition to construction and deployment of the new buoys to alert mariners of the presence of whales near critical U.S. ports, CMA CGM and WHOI will lead the development of an industry consortium focused on reducing risks to right whales from vessels and supporting the continued operation of the WHOI-developed digital acoustic monitoring (DMON) buoys. This unique collaboration started in the United States thus aims to have a global impact by significantly improving marine mammal protection worldwide
The CMA CGM Group continues its initiatives to protect the environment and preserve biodiversity in the United States and worldwide
This collaboration reaffirms CMA CGM’s commitment to preserve marine
biodiversity in the United States and worldwide. On the East Coast of the United
States and Canada, CMA CGM requires its vessels to reduce their speed to a
maximum of 10 knots in certain areas recognized as breeding grounds for marine
cetaceans. On the West Coast, CMA CGM has voluntarily committed to the “Green
Flag” speed-reduction program that was introduced in the sanctuary near the
Santa Barbara Islands. Wherever possible, the Group strives to lower its speeds
and thus limit the risk of collision in these cetacean-protection sanctuaries.
SEA DETECT, a European project that tests innovative solutions for detecting cetaceans and floating objects at sea.
CMA CGM has also joined the LIFE-PIAQUO consortium, whose objective is to develop and test various equipment to reduce the noise of maritime traffic and its impact on aquatic biodiversity.
The CMA CGM Group recently announced it would no longer carry plastic waste on
board any of its ships worldwide. Through this new partnership with WHOI, the
CMA CGM Group continues stepping up its efforts to make conserving biodiversity
one of the priorities of its CSR policy and to develop trade that is more
responsible and fairer for everyone and for the planet.