Help Orca Relief Create a Whale Protection Zone for Puget Sound's
Endangered Orca

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Key Orca Protection Documents
Marine Mammal Protection Act and Whale Watching
Status Review Update of Southern Resident Killer Whales [2013]
Protective Regulations for Killer Whales in the Northwest Region under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act [2011]
Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) 5-Year Review: Summary and Evaluation [2011]
FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT for New Regulations to Protect Killer Whales from Vessel Effects in Inland Waters of Washington [2010]
Recovery Plan for Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) [2008]
Recovery Strategy for the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) in Canada. [2008]
Sound Exposure and Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcinus orca): A Review of Current Knowledge and Data Gaps. [2008]
Critical Habitat for Southern Resident Killer Whales [2006]
Endangered status for Southern Resident killer Whales. [2005]

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Get Involved

Do you want to help the orcas?

Ask Questions: Please call or e-mail us with any questions you may have about anything we have suggested or other questions about Southern Resident Killer Whales whales. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and what more you can do to help the orcas.

Donate Money: Orca Relief is committed to creating a Whale Protection Zone for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. Your financial support will help us:

  • Craft a new concept for an orca Whale Protection Zone for Federal Government consideration;
  • Conduct additional analysis into the Status of the Resident Orcas, especially concerning the health of the breeding animals of J, K, and L pods;
  • Build a Coalition for the West Side WPZ - groups and individuals dedicated to making the WPZ a reality; and
  • Work with the Washington Congressional Delegation to ensure that legislative and regulatory opportunities are explored and requirements fulfilled.
  • Please send your donations to Orca Relief, P.O. Box 1969, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250.

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    We need help to protect the health and stability of the San Juan Orca population. To join the ranks of ORCA volunteers, please call (360) 370-5554 or email


Sign our Petition:
We've started a petition to create an orca whale protection zone for Puget Sound Orca.

The Endangered Southern Resident Orca of Puget Sound are dying. An Orca Whale Protection Zone can reduce the noise and disturbance the Orca experience and help save them from extinction.

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Report Harassment

Send Orca Relief and National Marine Fisheries Service an email:

Your report to National Marine Fisheries Service and whale watch companies can really have an impact. With your phone call a warning can been issued against a whale watch company. This just goes to show how much of an impact you can have. If you have a camera or a video camera, please document the harassment. It will help us to get protection.


Write to Your Elected Officials
Write to Governor Insley and your Washington Senators and Congressmen/women requesting that State and Federal actions are taken in order to protect our whales fully. Here are some suggestions who you can contact:
Senator Maria Cantwell
915 Second Avenue, Suite 3206
Seattle, WA, 98174
Phone: 1-888-648-7328
On the web:

Senator Patty Murray
2988 Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174
Phone: 206-553-5545
Toll Free: 866-481-9186
On the web:

Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Govenor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
Phone: (360) 902-4111
On the web:

Representative Rick Larsen
Wall Street Building
2930 Wetmore Ave., Suite 9F
Everett, WA 98201
Phone: 425-252-3188
Toll Free: 1-800-562-1385


Tell your friends
Please tell your family and friends how important and threatened our orcas are. The more people are aware of the plight of these animals the stronger we will be in requesting changes and protection.


Collect data
Do you live in the San Juan Islands or on Vancouver Island? Fill out this data sheet whenever you see killer whales and whale watching boats in the same area. These data will be analyzed and results will be used to support our cause to government agencies.

Click here for the data sheet.

Reduce use of pollutants in your home
Even in your home, you can make changes to protect the environment. One of the main 3 problems the whales are encountering is water pollution. This comes from agricultural and domestic pesticide and herbicide uses. By using organic cleaners such as 7th Generation ( and avoiding using fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, we can all help decrease the amount of pollutants going into our waters.



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