An investigation into the August 2017 disaster at an Atlantic salmon net pen facility in the Salish Sea, an inland waterway home to multiple types of whales and dolphins, found that the scale of the event was greatly downplayed by the owners of the fish farm. Washington State launched an investigation into the facility after a net-pen collapsed and released hundreds of thousands of non-native Atlantic salmon into the ecosystem.
Canada conservation organizations are petitioning their federal government to take immediate action under the Species at Risk Act (SARA, the Canadian equivalent to the U.S. Endangered Species Act) to protect the endangered Southern Resident orca population and the Chinook salmon they depend on.
For Southern Resident orcas, it all comes back to the salmon
Even while we were busy absorbing information and networking at last month’s Society for Marine Mammalogy Biennial Conference, the world went on without us (shocking!) and a couple important news stories broke about the
The Center for Whale Research (CWR) made the sad determination yesterday that 2-year old Sonic (J52) is now deceased. This is the second death for the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population this year, after a summer in which they were
The recent comment period for dam operations in the Columbia Basin, the focus of our #MigrationNation campaign, has officially closed, and nearly 400,000 voices across the nation and the world spoke up to demand fair consideration of dam removal on the Lower Snake River. The Columbia Basin was once the
In the United States, the first 100 days of a newly elected president’s term are thought to represent the new administration’s ability to reach their proposed targets. While largely symbolic rather than statutory, “the first 100 days” are closely watched by the media and their success measured by public approval ratings.
The Southern Resident orcas are starving to death.
In troubling news out of the Pacific Northwest, the Center for Whale Research announced this week that one of the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas, Samish (J14) is missing and is presumed dead. Samish is a 42-year-old matriarch in J pod, well-known to orca researchers and whale watchers in the area. For these tightly-knit, family-oriented whales, a sighting of a famil