Critically endangered orcas need salmon to survive

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There are just 76 Southern Resident orcas left – this small community is living on the edge of extinction.

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Southern Resident orcas depend on healthy and abundant wild stocks of Chinook salmon – the largest and fattiest of all the different kinds of salmon.  As Chinook numbers decrease, Southern Resident mortality rates increase, and starving orcas are less able to cope with the stress brought on by the other top threats to their survival, toxins and vessel effects.   To bring the orcas back from the edge of extinction, we need to recover their food.  #MigrationNation focuses on efforts to restore salmon in the Northwest, and rebuild a healthy ecosystem for the long-term survival of both species.

TAKE ACTION: Recent local and federal legislation impacts orcas and salmon in the Northwest.  Make Your Voice Heard with the following actions:

Say NO to Atlantic Salmon net pens

Defend Marine Mammals

Orcas and Salmon Need Smart Solutions

The three top threats orcas are facing: Prey depletion, noise & disturbances, and biocontamination

The Columbia River system was one of the greatest salmon rivers in the world, home to an estimated 10-16 million fish each year.  Today, salmon abundance is a fraction of what it once was, and the majority of fish are hatchery-produced.  Wild stocks are continuing to plummet as they try to survive in a river that has been greatly altered from its natural state.

The four lower Snake River dams stand between the Columbia River and the high-elevation, pristine, protected wilderness of the Snake River drainage.  Removing these dams restores access to an area salmon experts believe offers Columbia Basin salmon their best chance of recovery.  In 2016, a Federal Court ruled that the latest federal plan for protecting endangered salmon in the Columbia Basin was fatally flawed.  For the first time in over a decade, the public was able to weigh in on a new plan and insist on real action for salmon in the Northwest.  WDC and our allies submitted nearly 400,000 comments requesting the agencies do the right thing to help wild salmon.  That's the power of the #MigrationNation!

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