The North Atlantic right whales will soon arrive in Georgia’s coastal waters to calve. They will determine the future of this critically endangered species. The North Atlantic right whale population is in steep decline due to two primary threats: entanglement in fishing gear and being struck by boats.

The Sept. 15 editorial in The Brunswick News expressed concerns that proposed changes to boat speed regulations suggest the government is acting in the absence of evidence to support its actions. This incorrect notion is misleading and distracts from the clear need to do more to protect this most endangered population of the great whales.

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