Protect orcas from whale-watching and fishing boats

Center for Whale Research

Ask PM to enforce laws to keep vessels away from orcas

Canadian whale-watching operators and recreational fishers continue to pursue and harass endangered southern resident killer whales, despite new laws designed to protect them.

Only 73 of these orcas are left. They desperately need protection from the noise pollution and disturbance boats and marine traffic create.

According to a recent Straitwatch report, commercial whale-watching vessels were observed breaching the 400-metre buffer required for orcas in the Salish Sea 84 times in 2020. Many recreational fishing boats were also observed moving too close to the whales.

Almost 30 per cent of the whale watchers’ violations were even closer, with boats getting within 200 metres of southern resident orcas — many less than 100 metres.

More enforcement is needed now to ensure all boats stay at least 400 metres away from these endangered whales!

Please take a moment now to send a letter urging the prime minister to enforce existing laws to safeguard these iconic marine mammals and develop a comprehensive set of policies to protect them and the Chinook salmon they depend on for food.