Suit Asks Coast Guard To Protect Whales From Ships

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A conservation group has sued the U.S. Coast Guard to protect endangered whales from being hit by ships off California.

The Center for Biological Diversity wants the Coast Guard to adhere to Endangered Species Act rules and consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service on how best to protect whales.

The group says the Coast Guard doesn't consider endangered species when it sets shipping lanes and regulates traffic into U.S. ports. The lawsuit says endangered blue, humpback, sperm, and sei whales swim in the shipping lanes off California's coast.

The group says three blue whales were killed in boat strikes off Southern California last year.

The Coast Guard declined to comment because the lawsuit is pending.

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