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.
- Some Task Force recommendations will require legislation. It’s not too soon to contact your state representatives. Click here to find and contact your Washington State representatives.
- Engage in San Juan County’s Comprehensive Plan update (contact Katie at email@example.com to get on our action alert list).
- Give the SRKW their fair share of salmon allocation – tell the Pacific Salmon Commission to allocate 500,000 Chinook salmon from west coast rivers for the endangered SRKWs. Email the Pacific Salmon Commission: firstname.lastname@example.org and copy the Pacific Fishery Management Council: email@example.com.
- Ask the Canadian federal Fisheries Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, to issue an emergency order that includes the immediate closure of all marine recreational and marine commercial Chinook fisheries. Click here to see the full action alert by Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
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 eat Chinook salmon (also called king, Quinnat, spring, and Tyee).
- Advocate for shoreline protection for salmon and forage fish.
- Support salmon and forage fish habitat recovery projects.
- Consult Seafood Watch to learn about eating sustainably-harvested seafood to help protect wild fish populations. However, don’t eat farmed salmon from open water net pens. This type of aquaculture can spread disease to wild salmon and impact salmon and forage fish habitats.
Don’t disturb SRKWs’ communications and/or foraging.
Watch whales and other marine wildlife from shore.
If in boat:
- Follow the Be Whale Wise guidelines;
- Use a whale warning flag to let other boaters know when whales are present; and
- If it is safe to do so, don’t use the 50 kHz frequency on echo-sounders when whales are present.
- Promote and observe the voluntary No-Go Zone on the west side of San Juan Island.
- Promote and observe a No-Go Zone around SRKWs wherever they are present.
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.