As ships cross approach or cross individual SMAs and DMAs, the Whale Alert App displays audio and visual warnings and the latest guidelines for environmentally safe navigation.
Whale zone geo-fencing
Whale Alert includes the most complete set of geo-fenced Seasonal Management Area (SMA's), Dynamic Management Areas (DMA's) and Recommended Routes overlaid on navigational charts from NOAA.
Whale Alert App
The first application of its kind, Whale Alert is dedicated to reducing Right Whale strikes by providing shipping crews the most timely information about whales in their vicinity.
Each of these entities contributed meaningfully to the project, some over several years, for the sake of reducing right whale strikes.
Real-time AIS support
Whale Alert is the first mobile application to take advantage of the transmission of environmental data over the AIS protocol. The system takes DMA and real-time right whale observations and displays that data graphically, directly within the app.
The Whale Alert App is but the latest in a series of research and conservation efforts to help endangered right whales. The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is where it all began. Click here to read more about the Sanctuary and the roster of public and private enterprises that made it all happen.
Get the free Whale Alert app here! Note, the app is designed to commercial ships (over 65 ft or 300 tons) with AIS receivers, but even casual boaters can use the app to avoid critical right whale habitats.
Now in EarthNC Marine Charts
If you're an EarthNC Marine Charts app customer (iOS only) you now have access to the same SMA layer as in the Whale Alert app. Just go to Layers Button and select "Whale Alert" layer and you'll be good to go.