Since 2014 we have worked to create cleaner air, safer whales, and a quieter ocean
Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies creates market based incentives to encourage shipping vessels to reduce their speeds in key areas along the coast of California.
Traveling at 10 knots or less has been found to significantly reduce the risk of fatal whale strikes and decrease harmful air pollutants such as smog-forming chemicals and greenhouse gases.
We analyze geographic data to determine vessel speeds within the VSR zones. Using this information, we assign an award level to each shipping company participant based on the percentage of their vessels that travel at the recommended 10 knots or less. The results are made publicly available each year so that our participants can be confident in the environmental benefits of their actions.
The program runs each year from mid-May to mid-November to coincide with peak whale migration.
Our participants are the shipping companies that transport the goods we as consumers use everyday. Explore our current list of participants here.
Our program covers two different geographic regions, one within Southern California and one outside of the San Francisco Bay Area
Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies is run by a unique partnership of federal and local government agencies, foundations, and environmental nonprofits. We work closely with researchers and consultants to independently verify the impacts of the program.