As we get settled into 2019 and figure out our plans for the next few months, I wanted to take a quick look back at the first year of work by the Washington State Southern Resident Orca Task Force, an effort dedicated to identifying local and regional solutions to reverse the d
Southern Resident orcas
After the news of a brand new baby in the endangered Southern Resident orca community broke last Friday, it has been non-stop excitement.
December 19, 2018: Legislation to allow nearly 1,000 sea lions per year to be killed in the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington has now been signed in to law. Following passage by the Senate earlier this month, the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act (S.3119) was accepted and passed in the House of Representatives despite some differences from the earlier House version of the bill, which passed over the summer. The final version was sent t
Atlantic salmon net pens in the Pacific Northwest are a major threat to the native wild salmon that are a vital food source for both the Northern and Southern Resident orca populations. These net pens can spread lethal parasites and viruses to wild salmon, are a significant source of pollution, and the nets themselves can entangle and kill other marine mammals, includ
Last week, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans made an expansion of critical habitat for both the Northern and Southern Resident orca populations official. Like in the U.S., a critical habitat designation recognizes that an area with certain features is vital for the survival of an endangered species, and protects designated areas from activities that might
Sad news to share this week – you may have seen our action alert last week asking you to speak up for sea lions and the landmark law that protects them, the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Just a few short hours after we asked for your help,
In response to a court-ordered review of the environmental impacts of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and to a petition submitted by environmental groups in January 2018, the Canadian government has announced new measures to help protect the endangered Southern Resident orcas. These actions are part of the $16
We’re calling on all of you once again to Take Action to help save the Southern Resident orcas! The Washington State Task Force released an updated draft of recommended actions last week, allowing just 5 days for public comment.
In disappointing news, a Federal appeals court has rejected a petition from conservation groups to reopen a lawsuit over the Miami Seaquarium’s treatment of Tokitae (also called Lolita), the last surviving Southern Resident orca held in captivity. This is a blow to the latest court effort to free Tokitae from the Seaquarium and retire her to a sea sanctuary in her home waters of Washington State. The groups involved, including Orca Network and Washington’s