Environmentalists sue federal government in Seattle to protect endangered orcas

By Janet Thomas|August 16, 2018|News, Orca Relief, Protection Zone, SRKWs, Whales|

From the Seattle Times: An environmental conservation group has sued the federal government, alleging it failed to meet its obligation to protect the habitat of endangered southern-resident killer whales on the West Coast. The lawsuit was filed Thursday by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) [and Orca Relief] to hold the government accountable for allegedly violating the Endangered Species Act by not acting on a 2014 petition filed by CBD

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ORCA and Center for Biological Diversity to Sue NMFS

By Janet Thomas|August 8, 2018|News, Orca Relief, SRKWs|

On behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity and Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance, we are writing to notify you that the Secretary and the National Marine Fisheries Service (collectively, “the Service”) are violating the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 500 et seq., for their failure to respond to our petition to designate a Southern Resident killer whale protection zone. Time is of the essence is protecting the endangered Southern

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Two Hours Remaining! KNKX Interview

By Elora West|April 13, 2017|News|

Our Executive Director, Scott West, discussing the closing of the federal comment period on the proposed Orca Exclusion Zone. Listen to the full interview at KNKX: http://knkx.org/post/comment-period-proposed-orca-exclusion-zone-set-end __________________________ SUBMIT A PUBLIC COMMENT! We urge everyone to join in the process and let NOAA, NMFS know that there is widespread support for the proposed Whale Protection Zone. CLICK HERE TO COMMENT IN SUPPORT OF A WHALE PROTECTION ZONE! The National Marine Fisheries

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What’s Killing the Southern Residents? SeaDoc Society Reviews…

By Elora West|March 20, 2017|News|

  Food availability, contaminant burden, and noise and vessel stress would all appear to be acting in concert causing the decline of SRKW – according to a recent scientific review from the SeaDoc Society. Written by, Scott West (Orca Relief, Executive Director)   The SeaDoc Society, founded in 1999, conducts and sponsors scientific research in the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest, also known as the Salish Sea. (http://www.seadocsociety.org/) SeaDoc

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Vancouver Park Board votes to end display of cetaceans at aquarium

By srschram|March 13, 2017|News, Whales|

In a unanimous vote, the Vancouver Park Board has decided to change its bylaws to end the display of live cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium. The Thursday night vote came at the end of a lengthy, emotional debate that spanned two nights and heard from more than 60 speakers. Ultimately, all seven commissioners voted in favour of a motion to amend bylaws “to prohibit the importation and display” of live

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