Orca Guardian Checklist
At the beginning of 2017, there are only 78 Southern Resident Killer Whales left living in the Salish Sea.
These 2 THINGS would dramatically help improve their survivial:
1. Regulate, cap and calm shipping in the Salish Sea for less noise & collisions
2. Increase salmon habitat to provide more food
Want to help? Use this checklist and be a voice for the orcas.
Future conditions that increase noise, reduce food or expose orcas to a random death (like boat impact), significantly increases the risk of extinction of our Southern Resident Killer Whales. Learn more here.
There are 18 port expansion projects in the Salish Sea which will drastically increase tanker traffic. Learn more here.
Learn about how decommissioning 4 dams on the Lower Snake River (in WA) would increase salmon feed for orcas. Learn more here.
Sponsor an Orca! We have formed a “superpod” of orcas to fundraise for Indigenous legal challenges to the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tankers project. Click here to see the Orca Soundings team and to donate to the Pull Together campaign to protect the Salish Sea.
Donate to the Pull-Together campaign to fund First Nations challenges to the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tankers project. Donate here.
🗹 Pledge to protect our coast and join www.CoastProtectors.ca get notified of local action. Sign up here and SHOW UP when they call.
Donate to Raincoast Conservation to support legal action to protect resident killer whales. Donate here.
Write to the MInister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and demand why they are not meeting their legal obligations under the Species at Risk Act which would include a scientific review—free from industry bias—of the Salish Sea fisheries that impact the SRKW: 1) The Chinook fishery which orcas rely on for the majority of their diet; 2) the Herring fishery in the Salish Sea on which the Chinook rely, and; 3) fish farms which are spreading pathogens to both salmon and herring. Department of Fisheries and Oceans: Min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
Support a National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) for the southern Strait of Georgia that would contain a Protected Zone using this form: cpawsbc.org/campaigns/southern-strait-of-georgia.
Write to request that the Salish Sea be designated as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) to affect routing, areas to be avoided, anchorages and traffic. www.sanjuans.org/safeshipping
Support an initiative to make the Salish Sea a UNESCO World Heritage Site http://salishseatrust.ca/
Support an initiative to set up a UNESCO Salish Sea Biosphere Region. Contact: Deborah Dickson email@example.com
Insist that marine conservation & impact mitigation is included as part of any technology & innovation projects falling under the Cascadia Corridor Agreement. Send a message to BC Premier & Washington Governor: firstname.lastname@example.org and www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/contact-gov-inslee
Send a comment to the National Marine Fisheries Service (US) to support the petition to establish a WHALE PROTECTION ZONE along the Haro Strait side of San Juan Island, where orcas can find prey and rest in quiet away from boats and engines. Click on Comment not at www.orcarelief.org, Learn more here.