Tips for input to DFO’s Scientific Review on orcas

On the heels of Orca Awareness month in the Pacific Northwest, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has opened a platform for feedback on its scientific review of the effectiveness of recovery measures for southern resident killer whales (SRKW). DFO is seeking public input until July 31 to identify how recovery can be better … Continue reading

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

A group of generous donors have come together to seed a matching fund to help Georgia Strait Alliance ramp up our work to save the endangered southern resident killer whale from extinction before it’s too late. Long-time supporter Carol Newell kicked off the fund with her pledge of $2500, and hopes those who care for … 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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Fish farm diesel spill a sucker-punch to the gut

To know me is to know my passion for the environment, and especially the ocean. In my personal life, and through my work with Georgia Strait Alliance, I have dedicated myself primarily to two environmental issues closest to my heart: removing harmful open net-cage salmon farms from wild salmon migration routes, and protecting the ocean from … Continue reading

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The power of hope

It feels just a little bit brighter. The elections results of October 19th have brought to an end a period of great darkness for civil society.  If that sounds melodramatic, I can tell you from direct experience it is not. Deemed enemies of the state, attacked, tied up in administrative burdens so we could be … Continue reading

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A tale of inaction – signifying nothing good for the orca

The news we received last week was troubling.  A young female southern resident orca was found dead in the Strait, the 4th death in a year for a population that now only numbers 77 individuals. Today we found out that this orca was pregnant with a full-term fetus and the bad news is doubled. Photo: … Continue reading

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