Why do Southern Resident orcas need protection?
Southern Resident orcas are essential to the health of the Salish Sea ecosystem and hold deep cultural value for the communities around this region. But they are threatened by the effects of marine contaminants, underwater noise, and a lack of access to food. This population is endangered and now numbers only 73 individuals in the wild and two newborn orca calves J59 and K45. The good news is that we know what is needed to protect this species!
The Federal government needs to know that communities around the Salish Sea demand stronger actions to protect Southern Resident orcas.
The birth of two new calves in J-pod and K-pod is the ray of hope this population needs and protecting them is an opportunity we cannot let pass! However, two failed pregnancies in J pod this year also tell us the extreme state of emergency these orcas are in.
Act now! Send this petition, outlining the actions we want the federal government to take in order to aid the recovery of this population, to Prime Minister Trudeau.
Photo credit: Miles Ritter. Photo taken from land.