On June 28, 2018, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) filed “The Definite Plan” for dam removal on the Klamath River with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This is one of the last steps before dam removal on the Klamath can begin, in what will be the largest dam removal project in the history of the United States, and probably the world, to date. If the p
Southern Resident orcas
We are very sad to share news announced today by the Center for Whale Research – L92 (Crewser), a 23-year-old male orca from the critically endangered Southern Resident population, is missing and presumed dead. This unique community of orcas now has just 75 individuals remaining.
The Lummi Totem Pole journey for Tokitae reached its final stop at the Miami Seaquarium last month, but tribal members and fellow protesters, including Orca Network, were not allowed to enter the marine park. The Lummi Nation of Washington State traveled more than 3,000 miles cross-country from Seattle to Miami to raise awareness for To
Following their 2014 petition to revise federally-designated critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orca population, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has filed a legal notice demanding the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) take acti
The recent Washington State Executive Order and initiation of the Southern Resident Recovery Task Force has already resulted some changes, with new guidelines for the upcoming summer season in the core summer habitat of the endangered Southern Resident orcas.
With a mixture of hope, excitement, and nervousness, I tuned in on May 1st to watch the first meeting of the Governor-initiated Washington Task Force for Southern Resident orca recovery. Many of our colleagues in the Orca Salmon Alliance attended in person, but luckily the meeting was liv
In good news from Canada, Kinder Morgan has stopped all “non-essential production” of its Trans Mountain pipeline as the province of British Columbia and many First Nations continue to fight the proposal in court. The pipeline expansion would increase the number of oil tankers – by as many as 408 per year, a 700% increase – travelling through federally designated critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orca
Two recently published papers provide new information about the highly endangered Southern Resident orca population and threats to their survival and recovery. This unique community of orcas lives in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the U.S.