$12,700 raised for orca protection!

Thanks to the support of 229 contributors, Rama DelaRosa’s Swim for the Salish Sea Orcas raised $12,700 to save the endangered Southern Resident killer whale, more than meeting the challenge grant of $10,000 contributed by a long-time GSA donor. It was an incredible journey, and Rama and all of us at GSA are so grateful … Continue reading

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Round and round we go … but where to, we don’t know

Prime Minister Trudeau’s government has announced a new National Energy Board process for the Trans Mountain tanker-and-pipeline project. The Federal Court of Appeal made it clear that the first NEB panel got it so wrong in its assessment of marine shipping impacts on Southern Resident orcas that they need to do it again. Georgia Strait … Continue reading

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A Summer with Georgia Strait Alliance

In May, Octavio Cruz and I joined Georgia Strait Alliance’s Species Protection Outreach Team as summer students. Our goal was to organize local events to educate community members about threats to the Strait of Georgia and, specifically, to British Columbia’s beloved Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs), while encouraging them to take action to ensure the … Continue reading

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Who grew those oysters on your plate?

The story of shellfish from tide-to-table The average seafood eater on BC’s South Coast is probably blissfully unaware that it takes between two and four years to grow the Pacific Northwest clams and oysters that occasionally adorn their plate. That’s something a local Vancouver restaurant is trying to change by encouraging people to learn more … Continue reading

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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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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

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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