Acoustics Expert Dr. Christopher Clark to Join Advisory Board of Orca Relief Citizens Alliance: Assisting effort to create new Whale Protection Zone

By Elora West|January 31, 2017|News|

SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwired – January 30, 2017) – Orca Relief Citizens Alliance is honored to have Dr. Christopher Clark, Imogene Johnson Senior Scientist, Cornell University; and Senior Advisor, Planet OS, join its advisory board. Dr. Clark’s expertise in animal acoustic communication, with an interest in the application of advanced acoustic technologies for scientific conservation of endangered species, will be an asset to the board as Orca Relief continues to seek support

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Interview with KOMO Radio News

By Elora West|January 16, 2017|News|

Check out our Executive Director, Scott West, discussing the Whale Protection Zone in an interview with Herb Weisbaum on KOMO Radio, January 16, 2017. The time for a Whale Protection Zone is now. Over 87,000 individuals have signed the Care2 petition since November in support of the WPZ and so can you: click here. We urge everyone to join in the process and let NOAA, NMFS know that there is

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The Whale Protection Zone: Nuts, Bolts, and Support

By Elora West|January 16, 2017|News|

NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has been studying the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) and the issues that haunt them. NMFS has concluded that there are three major impediments to the recovery of the SRKW: food scarcity (primarily Chinook salmon), pollutants in their environment, and noise and harassment from vessels. We at Orca Relief agree that those three issues are significant impediments, but we would add climate change,

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What you can do RIGHT NOW to protect the SRKWs

By Elora West|January 15, 2017|News|

Donna Sandstrom, the founder of The Whale Trail has published these thoughts on what you can do, right now, to help safeguard the Southern Resident Killer Whales! To submit a public comment to the Federal Register, in support of a Whale Protection Zone, click here.  __________ What you can do – personally – to help save Puget Sound’s resident orcas   Donna Sandstrom The Whale Trail  Let the untimely death of this young

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Federal Government Weighs Proposal for Whale Protection Zone for Puget Sound’s Killer Whales

By Elora West|January 12, 2017|News|

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced today that it will consider a whale protection zone that will reduce noise and vessel disturbance of endangered southern resident killer whales. This population of killer whales has declined severely with only 78 whales remaining. The scientific petition seeks to protect core foraging habitat for the killer whales by reducing vessel disturbance. The key threats to killer whales include prey limitation, noise and

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