The Whale Warning Flag was first introduced around Northern Vancouver Island by the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association (NIMMSA) as a means of addressing the growing number of negative interactions between boats and whales. By using the same flag design we are collectively promoting and strengthening a consistent message of good boating behavior around whales throughout the coastal waters of British Columbia, Canada, and Washington State, USA.

If you have a flag:

• When you encounter whales within 0.65 miles (1km) of you, raise the flag

• Slow down to 7 knots or less

• Maintain compliance with Be Whale Wise Guidelines and laws

• Turn off fish finders and/or depth sounders.

If you see a flag:

• Whales are in the vicinity of the boat or land station flying the flag.

• Slow down to 7 knots or less

• Maintain compliance with Be Whale Wise Guidelines and laws.

• Turn off fish finders and/or depth sounders

$15.00

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