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Washington State Governor:
Washington Governor Jay Inslee
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
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Salmon Advocacy for Southern Resident Orcas
Southern Residents are fish-eaters, feeding primarily on salmon, with Chinook making up over 80% of their overall diet. They used to be seen in the Salish Sea for most of the summer when salmon runs were once abundant. Unfortunately, salmon species in our area are now endangered. When the issue in lack of food is compounded with contaminants in the water and vessel noise, the road to recovery for Southern Resident orcas remains perilous.
Please learn more and then learn how you can help below.
Data and chart from WDFW
Data and chart from Orca Behavior Institute.
Data and chart from Orca Behavior Institute.
There is hope. But that involves active participation from the public. That is YOU!
What can you do? Please find a few suggestions below.
Support Fair Fisheries
Fisheries managers establish a “total allowable catch” each year (North of Falcon), and currently, the entire catch is designated for human consumption—with nothing allocated for whales. The public can demand change. We must insist that NOAA and the Pacific Salmon Commission acknowledge the needs of the SRKWs and allocate salmon for them, while honoring tribal treaty rights. Southern Resident Killer Whales are a federally protected, endangered species. And the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a legal obligation to safeguard the whale’s prey. But they’re not adhering to this requirement (learn more at wildorca.org).
Stay tuned - Fair Fisheries are being considered CAO November 2020
Request immediate breaching of the lower Snake River dams
The SRKWs now spend the majority of their time outside of the Salish Sea, searching for salmon on the coast of WA, CA, and OR. The Columbia and Snake River salmon stocks are on the NOAA priority list, furthermore the four dams are all run-of-river facilities, which means that they have limited storage capacity in their reservoirs and pass water through the dam at about the same rate as it enters the reservoir. They provide irrigation for 13 farms, 4% of the region's electricity, and the barging is taxpayer-supported.
Write Officials about lower Snake River dam breaching: Click here
Follow the Fraser Test Fishery
The purpose of the multi-panel net is to ensure representative sampling of Chinook passing through the lower Fraser River, due to the wide range of body sizes observed in Fraser River Chinook stocks.
Support Survive the Sound
Survive the Sound is an interactive online game from May 4-8 of each year where students and the general public are invited to follow their favorite fish character as it migrates through Puget Sound. The game uses real data collected as part of LLTK’s research efforts to tell the story of imperiled steelhead and the challenges they face. During the journey, everyone develops a deeper connection to their local environment, encouraging them to take action to protect it.
Stormwater and Contaminants
Toxic Free Future
Toxic-Free Future advocates for the use of safer products, chemicals, and practices through advanced research, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and consumer engagement to ensure a healthier tomorrow.
Swale on Yale info:
City of Anacortes Stormwater website: https://www.anacorteswa.gov/493/Stormwater
Anacortes Stormwater Useful Links: https://www.anacorteswa.gov/1080/Useful-Links
Volunteer Opportunities with Us
Continued Opportunities with The Salish Sea School
Check out our Calendar for monthly events
Volunteer Opportunities with The Salish Sea School
The Salish Sea School Beach Clean-Ups
Marine Mammal Stranding Network – In connection with the Central Puget Sound MMSN
Washington Park Bird Count
Others TBA including a microplastics survey, other bird surveys, etc.
Marine Mammal Dissection Pictures
Pictures of a Harbor Seal dissection: https://www.mmapl.ucsc.edu/normal-anatomy/pinnipeds/harbor-seal