Apex Predators and a Healthy Planet

Large predators often get a bad rap in terms of public outlook and opinion. Large predators in both marine and terrestrial environments has often been one of fear, misunderstanding, and misinformation. It was not until recently that public opinion on orcas began to change from one of a negative monstrous creatures to one of intelligent … Continue reading

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From Machine Guns to Save-the-Whales

A History of Human and Orca Interactions In June 1961, the Department of Fisheries mounted a .50 caliber machine-gun overlooking Seymour Narrows, northwest of Campbell River, with the intent to shoot and kill passing orcas. Deemed a threat to commercial and recreational fishing, killer whales were known in the Pacific Northwest as, at best, dangerous … Continue reading

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$10,000 Pledged to Orcas Can’t Wait Fund

UPDATE: September 19, 2017 We did it! Thanks to donations from over 200 individual supporters, we exceeded our $10,000 goal, and with the pledged matching funds, raised more than $23,000 toward our work to give orcas a voice. Thanks to each and every one of you who contributed to this ambitious campaign. If you haven’t … Continue reading

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The history and how to change the future for orcas

We hope you’ve enjoyed the blogs we’ve shared during Orca Awareness Month, where we’ve been discussing the three major threats to the southern residents: Prey Abundance and Availability (lack of Chinook salmon) Noise Pollution Toxic Contamination In this blog, we outline a bit of the history of orcas in the Pacific Northwest, and share how … Continue reading

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Toxic Waters – Toxic Food

As we continue to celebrate Orca Awareness Month, we acknowledge how lucky we are to live in an area where these amazing whales roam the waters we share. In our previous blogs, we have been discussing the major threats to the survival and recovery of the southern resident orcas, including: low food availability (chinook salmon), … Continue reading

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Drowning in Noise

Southern resident killer whales are in serious trouble. Their population totals 78, positioning them on a countdown to extinction. In our previous blog, we talked about how the lack of salmon is a threat to orca recovery. Another major threat to their survival and growth is noise in the waters of the Salish Sea. The … Continue reading

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World Oceans Day: A Celebration Of The Salish Sea

In 1991, the International Centre for Ocean Development and Ocean Institute of Canada launched a planning exercise for the future of the world’s oceans.  A year later, Oceans Day was launched at the NGO Global Forum as part of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.  Ever since, communities around the world promote and celebrate … Continue reading

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Ryan joins GSA for the summer

Hello GSA supporters, Ryan with his friend and classmate Rabbi Salih during his recent convocation ceremony. My name is Ryan Butler, and I am excited to be joining GSA’s dynamic staff this summer as the Clean Marine Outreach and Engagement Coordinator. Prior to this position, I’ve worked and volunteered with several NGOs and student organizations, … Continue reading

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