Link: Panamanian shipping lanes to be reduced for whales

Panama has decided, with effects hopefully beginning next year, to consolidate shipping lanes into and out of the Panama Canal in order to drastically reduce the number of intrusions and deaths in whale habitats. The Cape of Panama is a whale breeding location and is becomingly an increasingly popular destination for eco-tourism. 

Dr. Guzman from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute says:

“So [under the new scheme] they’ll have their vessels, they’ll be apart from the heavy traffic lanes – more important still is we’re increasing the buffer of protection between the mainland and the shipping lanes in a region where we have five different protected areas including World Heritage Sites.”