Activist group calls for San Juan whale protection zone

By srschram|December 9, 2014|News, Orca, Protection Zone, Puget Sound|

Credit: Victoria Marine Science Association


Activists are calling for a limited, whale protection zone off San Juan Island to help the declining local population of endangered orcas.

The protection zone could include a no-wake speed limit to cut noise and discourage whale watching boats that sometimes pursue orcas.

“They need more chance to rest and to socialize in a quieter environment,” said Bruce Stedman, executive director of Orca Relief Citizens Alliance. “But particularly, they need a quieter environment to hunt and that hunting is even more difficult when the salmon are as low as they are and have been for the last couple of years.”

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