Action Center

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You can make a difference in the islands today.

Help Friends of the San Juans advocate for shoreline and near shore habitat protections, oil spill prevention, quieter seas, and more food for Southern Resident Killer Whales in local, state, federal and transboundary task forces, committees, and forums. 

Southern Residents must consume thousands of Chinook salmon every year to survive; in turn salmon must eat thousands of forage fish; and forage fish need natural shorelines and nearshore habitat on which to lay their eggs. All of Friends’ programs help the Southern Residents and this web of connections we all share and depend on. Your support is essential.

Click here to donate to our Orca Protection Fund. Your gift to this fund will support our orca protection work, including participating in the SRKW Task Force through the Vessels Working Group where we will advocate for the needs of SRKWs.

What you can do to support the recovery and protection of Southern Resident Killer Whales:

Attend a free presentation and community discussion about what we can all do to protect and recover our Southern Resident orcas in March 2019. With Lovel Pratt, Marine Program Protection Director at Friends of the San Juans and Deborah Giles, Ph.D., Research Scientist for University of Washington Center for Conservation Biology and Research Director for Wild Orca. Click here for more details.

Orcas Island – Thurs., March 14, 12 – 1:30 p.m., Orcas Senior Center, 62 Henry Rd.
Lopez Island – Tues., March 19, 12 – 1:30 p.m., Woodman Hall, 4102 Fisherman Bay Rd.
San Juan Island – Wed., March 20, 12-1:30 p.m., San Juan Island Grange Hall, 152 First Street N.

Contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioners to request an annual allocation of 410,000 Chinook for the Southern Residents by clicking here (that would need to be adjusted based on population and best available science on dietary requirements).Support the Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery and Task Force’s recommendations. Click here to learn more about the Task Force. Click here to read the final report. Contact Governor Inslee to ask that his 2019-2020 budget include full funding to implement the Task Force’s recommendations.

  • Click here to email Governor Inslee.
  • Call Governor Inslee’s office: (360) 902-4111

Contact elected officials and decision-makers.

Protect and support the recovery of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) preferred food, Chinook salmon, including their habitat and what they eat:

Don’t disturb SRKWs’ communications and/or foraging.

Watch whales and other marine wildlife from shore.

If in boat:

Promote safer and quieter shipping.

  • Advocate for oil spill prevention measures, including the requirement for an Emergency Response Towing Vessel near Haro Strait, Boundary Pass, and southern Georgia Strait.
  • Support the retrofitting and construction of newer, quieter Washington State Ferries (WSF). Support WSF’s draft long range plan that includes new, quieter, plug-in hybrid-capable ferries. Because ferries represent over 70% of commercial vessel traffic managed by the USCG’s Vessel Traffic Service, reducing ferry noise will have a significant benefit to Southern Residents. The hybrid ferries will also lower greenhouse gas emissions, which is needed sooner than later to address climate change.

Protect clean water.

  • Use orca-friendly and earth-friendly house, garden, and boat products.
  • Dispose of unused medicine and chemicals properly. Never dump them into household toilets or sinks or outside where they can get into ditches or storm drains.
  • No discharging from boats in marine waters.
  • Conserve water.