The protection of orcas and their habitat was at the heart of the establishment of Georgia Strait Alliance nearly thirty years ago. When we protect an umbrella species like orcas, hundreds of other species and the environment they depend on are also protected in the process. We have joined forces with our allies in the past to fight for critical habitat for this population and worked hard in demanding the government release the long overdue Recovery Strategy and Action Plan.
As of September 2019, the Southern Resident orca population has dwindled to just 73 individuals and extensive research shows that the population is at high risk of extinction if immediate actions are not taken to address the threats that face them. We continue to work with our allies as we push for Fisheries and Oceans Canada to implement immediate actions to prevent this population from disappearing forever. Keeping the public informed and creating opportunities for citizens to be involved is a key component in our fight to save the iconic Southern Residents that are so important to people of the west coast and the world.
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Here are some of the submissions we have made for stronger orca protection, along with the government documents we have commented on:
- 2017 petition for an Emergency Order for the Southern Resident Killer Whales
- 2017 comments on DFO Scientific Review – recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales
- 2017 Resident Killer Whale Action Plan – Final
- 2016 comments on amended draft killer whale action plan
- 2016 amended draft killer whale action plan
- 2014 comments on draft killer whale action plan
- 2014 draft killer whale action plan
- 2011 final killer whale recovery strategy
- 2008 amended draft killer whale recovery strategy
- 2007 comments on draft killer whale recovery strategy
- 2007 draft killer whale recovery strategy
For more information on our legal cases to protect Southern Resident orcas, visit our media page.