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About Orca Conservancy

Successful petitioner & litigant in orca ESA case. Leader in the historic Springer rescue, the first-ever successful translocation & reintroduction of a wild killer whale

Orca Conservancy is an all-volunteer, registered Washington State 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working on behalf of orcinus orca, the killer whale, and protecting the wild places on which it depends. Orca Conservancy collaborates with some of the world’s top research institutions and environmental groups to address the most critical issues now facing wild orcas.


The organization’s urgent attention is on the Endangered Southern Resident killer whales of the Pacific Northwest. These three pods, J Pod, K Pod and L Pod, have been decimated by the depletion of prey resources, the accumulation of marine toxins, increased acoustic disturbance and harassment, and the destruction of salmon spawning and nearshore habitats, the nurseries of the Salish Sea.

Important Past Campaigns

As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, your donation goes towards making campaigns and projects — reality. Here are some of the ways that Orca Conservancy, and your donations, are helping:


Eleven Local and National Environmental Organizations Oppose Hazardous Waste Facility on Fraser River in Chilliwack, BC

Aevitas Inc. has pulled the plug on plans to build a hazardous waste recycling plant by the Fraser River. Aevitas president Byron Day quietly made the announcement about the Chilliwack plant “with great disappointment” late Wednesday afternoon. “I regret to inform all interested parties that Aevitas Inc. is no longer pursuing the development and building of a state of the art special waste management facility in Chilliwack.” The “multiple hurdles” thrown up by critics have amounted to “a neverending uphill battle,” admitted Day. A coalition of First Nations, environmental groups, river stewards and sport fishing advocates formed to fight the…


Puget Sound takes a Big Step Forward Towards Salmon Recovery

APPROVED: Smith Island Restoration Project / Snohomish County

Orca Conservancy sent the letter below in support of the Smith Island Restoration Project / Snohomish County. This project will directly help revive threatened Chinook salmon in the Puget Sound basin.

Great news! Snohomish County Council voted 4-0 in favor of Ordinance 14-120, authorizing construction of the new setback levee and two large breaches on Union Slough.


DOE/EA-1949; Admiralty Inlet Pilot Tidal Project (FERC Project 12690-0005)

“We’ve said from the beginning there clearly wasn’t enough information about the effects that these experimental turbines would have on wildlife,” explains Orca Conservancy’s President Shari Tarantino.

Snohomish PUD Announces:  Admiralty Inlet Tidal Power Project not to advance due in part by opposition from Washington tribes, Pacific Whale Watch Association, and Conservation Groups lead by the Seattle based Orca Conservancy.

Latest ‘Blog’ News

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Orca Conservancy supports the re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Management Act (MSA) January 12, 2016

Dear Members, Currently, the 40-year old Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Management Act (MSA) is before Congress for re-authorization. Due to the link…

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Orcas rule, green project abandoned…. January 10, 2016

Washington state environmentalists are cheering the demise of a green-energy project, saying it’s good news for Vancouver Island’s orcas. Say…

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PUD Officially Pulls Plug on Tidal-Energy Project – A Win for Southern Residents January 07, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shari Tarantino, President, Board of Directors, Orca Conservancy (206) 379-0331 January 7, 2016 PUD Officially Pulls…

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