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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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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