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Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies

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A Partnership for Cleaner Air, Safer Whales, and a Quieter Ocean

Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies is a voluntary Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) Program along the coast of California. We incentivize companies to incorporate sustainable shipping practices across their global supply chain. By creating seasonal and predictable slow speed zones, we help these companies protect endangered whales, reduce fuel use and regional greenhouse gas emissions, and improve air quality and human health outcomes. Our team independently verifies cooperation rates, quantifies the benefits of participation, and provides recognition of program participants. In doing so, we aim to promote the adoption of sustainable shipping practices across the globe.


The most recent 2020 season indicates an increased commitment from our participants to minimize their environmental impact


Since we began this program in 2014 we've seen a steady increase in cooperation year after year.


We work with both shipping lines as well as well-known retail brands interested in sustainable shipping. 

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