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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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Press Release: ‘Whale Protection Zone’ Sought in San Juans to Save Critically Endangered Puget Sound Orcas Zone Would Protect Against Noise, Disturbances from Boats

By srschram|November 4, 2016|Orca, Orca Relief, Press Releases, Protection Zone, SRKWs|

For Immediate Release, November 4, 2016 Contacts: Scott West, Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance, (425) 299-8727, Miyoko Sakashita, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 844-7108, ‘Whale Protection Zone’ Sought in San Juans to Save Critically Endangered Puget Sound Orcas Zone Would Protect Against Noise, Disturbances from Boats SEATTLE— Conservation groups petitioned the Obama administration today to create a 10-square-mile “whale protection zone” near San Juan Island to protect endangered orcas

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NOAA Killer Whale patrols begin in San Juan Islands

By srschram|June 28, 2016|News, Orca, Puget Sound, Salish Sea|

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) will soon begin seasonal summer patrols in Haro Strait around Washington’s San Juan Islands.  Officers will be enforcing special Federal regulations designed to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales by keeping boat traffic at a safe distance from the whales. This is the sixth year implementing NOAA Fisheries’ regulations that require whale watching vessels and most other vessels to remain at least 200 yards

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Presentation: How We Save Whales from Space

By srschram|April 20, 2016|Research, Whales|

Celebrate Earth Day by learning about whales! The Whale Trail presents Oregon State University’s Bruce Mate, a leader in the development of satellite-monitored radio telemetry, speaking about tracking critically endangered marine mammals. His work has led to the discovery of previously unknown migration routes and seasonal distributions (wintering and summering areas), as well as descriptions of diving behavior to better understand feeding effort. “How We Save Whales from Space” Presentation

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Orca Relief congratulates the Humane Society on its achievement: SeaWorld to End All Orca Breeding

By srschram|March 22, 2016|News, Orca, Whales|

From a Humane Nation: In a sign that the humane economy is an unyielding force, exerting its influence on companies in all sectors of commerce, SeaWorld announced in cooperation with The HSUS today that it will end all breeding of its orcas and it won’t obtain additional orcas from other sources—policies sought by animal advocates for many decades. Read more