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Thank you to the Merkle Dream Grant | Merkle, Inc.

Merkle, Inc. is a global data-driven, technology-enabled performance marketing agency. For more than 25 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle, Inc. the nation’s largest privately-held agency, to maximize the value of their customer portfolios.   Each quarter, Merkle, Inc. gives out Dream Grants. Recently Orca Conservancy (OC) was the recipient of the philanthropic Dream Grant, and it couldn't come at better time! This particular group is based out of Charlottesville, VA but made the trip to Seattle to meet with OC's Board Director, Dr. David Bain to learn a little more about the work we do. During…

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Orca Conservancy joins Wild Fish Conservancy in Addressing the Department of Ecology to Protect Puget Sound from Atlantic Salmon Net Pens

Atlantic salmon net pens have been banned in every West Coast state except Washington. Atlantic salmon net pens pose a major threat to not only the health of Puget Sound and its salmon, but ultimately the endangered Southern Resident killer whales that rely on wild Chinook salmon for their survival. Orca Conservancy wishes to thank Wild Fish Conservancy for putting these comments together, and for giving us the opportunity to sign-on to this important issue currently facing our region today. -Shari Hyper-Links for more information: Cooke Company Pleas Guilty to Illegal Pesticide Use More Problems for Cooke Aquaculture Cooke Aquaculture Chile Operations See…

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Orca Conservancy Supports Stronger Stream Buffer Standards in Southern Oregon

The science is clear that removing trees near streams results in warmer stream temperatures. Many streams across the Rogue Basin are already too warm, threatening the health of salmon and other native fish. There are more than 1,500 miles of salmon and steelhead streams in the Rogue Basin. Of these, 317 miles are small and medium streams that should receive increased protection under the new rule. As NMFS recently acknowledged, “ … [S]outhern [R]esidents spend substantial time in coastal areas of Washington, Oregon and California and utilize salmon returns to these areas.” These coastal waters are recognized as an essential…

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Orca Conservancy makes comment on the Columbia River System Operations – Environmental Impact Statement

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Orca Conservancy makes comment on FERC Project No. 14803 | Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the Proposed Lower Klamath Project License Surrender

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BLM Announces Southwest Oregon Withdrawal: More than 100,000 acres of federal lands will be protected to safeguard critical watersheds

Orca Conservancy and its members, made public comment in support of this mining withdrawal. LINK TO COMMENT. This is just one more positive move in the right direction towards the recovery of the endangered Southern Resident orca population. These rivers are known for their wild salmon and steelhead populations, and provide vital economic, recreation and natural resources to the area. /Shari Release Date: Jan 12, 2017 Contact(s): Virginia Gibbons, Public Affairs Officer (541) 618-2113 Portland, OR –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management has signed a public land order for a 20-year term…

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Oh YES! Cherry Point – Another Victory for Forage Fish!!

DNR cuts chances of Cherry Point pier, honors Lummi Nation request to protect land BY SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL swohlfeil@bhamherald.com A marine area once set aside for a proposed fourth shipping pier at Cherry Point will be included in the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve and likely protected from development.Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced Tuesday his decision to incorporate a 45-acre “cutout” for the pier into the reserve, after reviewing about 5,000 public comments, the majority of which were in favor of the change, and getting advice to do so from a technical advisory committee.“This will improve habitat for…

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Meet the Arctic’s New Top Predator—Killer Whales

There’s no doubt that melting sea ice in Hudson Bay is threatening endangered polar bears, but it might also be harmful to beluga whales, seals, narwhals, and other marine mammals, scientists are warning. The reason? Melting ice caused by climate change is carving huge swaths of open water for longer periods of time, providing Atlantic killer whales more access to the bay and its rich stocks of prey. “There has been an increase in the duration of open water by about 35 percent in the last 10 to 15 years, and killer whales can now come into the bay with…

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Meet the Arctic’s New Top Predator … Killer Whales

        By  David Kirby There's no doubt that melting sea ice in Hudson Bay is threatening endangered polar bears, but it might also be harmful to beluga whales, seals, narwhals and other marine mammals, scientists are warning. The reason? Melting ice caused by climate change is carving huge swaths of open water for longer periods of time, providing Atlantic killer whales more access to the bay and its rich stocks of prey. "There has been an increase in the duration of open water by about 35 percent in the last 10 to 15 years and killer whales…

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Pipeline expansion worries some on behalf of Southern Resident orcas

Environmental activists from the United States and Canada are expressing concerns over a newly approved expansion of a Canadian oil pipeline, saying it could threaten the Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would drastically increase the amount of oil being transported from the oil sands in Alberta to Burnaby, B.C., a city just east of Vancouver. “It definitely will be a Canadian Standing Rock,” said Paul Magid, a member of the Jefferson County Stand with Standing Rock caravan, which recently returned from protests of the…

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