Sierra Club and Georgia Strait Alliance Join Orca Lawsuit

Feds Lose Round 1 of Battle to Protect Orca Habitat January 26, 2009 Victoria, BC – The Federal Court has ruled that Sierra Club of Canada and Georgia Strait Alliance may join a recently filed lawsuit against the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, after DFO tried to block the two groups’ participation. The lawsuit, filed by lawyers with Ecojustice, alleges that the…

US Court overturns decision not to list Orca population as endangered

Festive news for imperiled Killer Whales MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release  December 18, 2003 VANCOUVER, BC – Canadian conservation groups are overjoyed by yesterday’s U.S. Federal Court decision that will greatly improve the Southern Resident orca whales’ chance of survival. United States District Court Judge Robert Lasnik overturned a controversial July 2002 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) decision that found…

U.S. Government is forced to list Orca population as threatened

Festive news for imperilled Killer Whales December 16, 2004 VANCOUVER, BC – Canadian conservation groups are overjoyed by today’s announcement by the U.S. Federal government to list the Southern Resident population of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA). Last year Sierra Legal, the Georgia Strait Alliance and the Western Canada Wilderness Committee joined their American…

A special shout-out to our business allies

Socially-minded businesses are rallying communities all over to raise funds in support of Georgia Strait Alliance’s work to help the Southern Resident orcas and protect the health of the entire Strait of Georgia. This summer, we have received donations from the following businesses:   DISCOVERY COFFEE Discovery Coffee has been a supporter and advocate of our orca work and marina…

Happy National Volunteer Week 2020!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, and we wouldn’t be able to do our work without them! Volunteers dedicate their time, knowledge, and talents to our organization in a variety of ways, from helping share information about Southern Resident orcas at our outreach tables, to coordinating kayakers and other activities at our Water’s Edge Day, to reviewing the incredible…

Why I am committed to stopping new pipelines and climate change

photo: Miles Ritter My son graduated from Grade 7 today. I cried a little during the ceremony in the gym, but mostly I felt grateful for the amazing life my family enjoys here in coastal BC. We hear seabirds, smell the ocean, taste the salt air, and once in awhile we even get to see orcas…

Noise pollution

photo: Rachael Merrett This threat is much more “out of sight, out of mind”. As humans do NOT spend much – or possibly any – time under the water (other than scuba divers), we don’t understand the full effect of underwater noise on ocean wildlife. Sound in air, such as students yelling across the playground, can…

Who grew those oysters on your plate?

The story of shellfish from tide-to-table photo: Fanny Bay Oysters 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…

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 pests or, at worst, menacing…

Festival of Ocean Films travels to Victoria and Pender Harbour

The Festival of Ocean Films, hosted by Georgia Strait Alliance, is on the road to mark its 9th year, travelling to Victoria on May 30 and to the Sunshine Coast’s Pender Harbour on June 9. This year’s screenings carry strong messages about the current state of the world’s oceans to honour World Oceans Day, while also serving to inspire audiences…

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