No charges after ship strike killed humpback whale off Alaska

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) – A ship strike killed a protected humpback whale off Kodiak, Alaska, but an investigation could not conclude whether a state ferry was responsible and no charges will be filed, federal officials said on Wednesday. The whales are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and under the Endangered Species Act. Doug Meecum, deputy regional administrator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said there was no evidence of any violation of laws, regulations or procedures. Kate Wynne, a marine mammal specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant Program, led the necropsy in late July.

September 11, 2014 3:02 am

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