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The Panama Canal informed on Tuesday that international recommendations for the protection of cetaceans during the migration season and sightings of these mammals in Panamanian waters will be effective from next Thursday and for four months.
These measures limit to 10 nautical miles the speed at which vessels must travel through the established navigation areas, said the authorities of the interoceanic highway, who recalled that Panama has since December 2014 with maritime traffic separation devices on the routes of navigation of entrance to the Channel.
The administrator of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Jorge Quijano, said that the route through which about 6% of world trade passes is committed to biodiversity and sustainable development.
Therefore, the Canal “promotes the conservation of cetaceans through a call to follow up on the recommendations and guidelines established by existing maritime traffic devices,” said Quijano.
These measures, added the senior executive, “not only seek to protect cetaceans from collisions with vessels, but also proper management in the oceans.”
The recommendations are contained in the publication of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) called the Maritime Traffic Organization, which aims to increase the safety of navigation in convergence areas, official information said.
Also in areas where there is high traffic density or in which the freedom of movement of ships is diminished by space restrictions, obstacles to navigation, depth limitations, unfavorable weather conditions, use of fishery resources or areas Coastal and sensitive seas of importance for the protection of species and their habitats.
These devices, said the ACP, “have significantly reduced the likelihood of serious incidents and accidents involving humpback whales and other cetaceans, which guarantees maritime safety and control of vessels that travel through our waters.”
“The joint work and comprehensive approach of the Panama Green Route not only promote the preservation of biodiversity but also contribute to national conservation efforts through commitments made to the IMO and international maritime transport,” said the environmental specialist of the Panama Canal, Alexis Rodríguez.
The Canal, built by the United States between 1903 and 1914 and transferred to Panama on December 31, 1999, connects more than 140 sea routes and 1,700 ports in 160 countries.