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INTERVIEW: Orca Conservancy President, Shari Tarantino, talks with Pete Lisoskie | Home Matters on KIRO 97.3 SEATTLE

INTERVIEW: Orca Conservancy President, Shari Tarantino, talks with Pete Lisoskie | Home Matters on KIRO 97.3 SEATTLE This candid interview was taped on October 10, 2016. Since then the endangered population of Southern Resident killer whales has declined to just 77 members. The #1 threat facing this population is the lack of their number one food source, Chinook salmon. The time to act is NOW. We must continue to work diligently and methodically on any and all salmon restoration efforts. NO Fish NO Blackfish. Click the PLAY icon above and listen in!

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Kit Rawson 1950 – 2017

August 8, 2017 It is with great sadness that we, at Orca Conservancy, learned of the passing of Kit Rawson.  Too young and taken too soon.  Kit was a tireless friend of the salmon, the whales and the sea in which they live in, the rivers that feed them and the land that surrounds them. His unique and broadminded approach crossed cultures and political boundaries. He will be missed but not forgotten.  

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Orca Conservancy Submits Scoping Comments on Eel River Dams to FERC

The Eel River is on the brink of disaster, its ocean-going fish species threatened with extinction, its nurturing estuary diked, drained and diminishing. Historically, the Eel River contained the third largest run of salmonids in California, behind the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers, collectively totaling over a million fish returning annually. The Eel River is home to fall-run California Coast Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), Southern Oregon Northern California coho salmon (O. kisutch), winter-run and summer-run North California Coast steelhead (O. mykiss), resident rainbow trout (O. mykiss), anadromous coastal cutthroat trout (O. clarkii), Pacific Lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) and Green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris).…

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Our Sound Our Salmon | Working together to execute a three-step strategy to protect our Sound and our salmon from Atlantic salmon net pens

Comments on Clallam County Mitigated Determination of Non-significance (MDNS) on the application by Cooke Aquaculture Pacific (CAP) for a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit for the expansion of Atlantic salmon net pen aquaculture facility offshore of Port Angeles in the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Our Sound, Our Salmon is a collaborative campaign of businesses, commercial fishermen, conservation organizations, and individuals across the Puget Sound Region working together to execute a three-step strategy to protect our Sound and our salmon from Atlantic salmon net pens. Together we are forging a powerful grassroots coalition that will send a loud and clear message…

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Orca Conservancy Continues Support for Maintaining the Core Conservation Provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Act

Below please find Orca Conservancy's comment expressing support for maintaining the core conservation provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s primary ocean fish conservation law.    This letter will be included at the hearing being held by the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday, July 19, regarding the oversight of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Management Act (MSA).  For more information, please go to: 

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Orca Conservancy – Orca Protectors | July 4th 2017 | San Juan Island

The Orca Protectors’ debut was in the Friday Harbor 4th of July Parade on San Juan Island. The event was sponsored by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. Sixteen organizations — each dedicated to the protection of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale — marched together showing their shared support of the orcas. Our region’s resident orcas — J, K and L pods — are at a critical juncture. NOAA has declared Southern Resident Killer Whales one of only eight “Spotlight” species (out of 1,652 on the Endangered Species list). Spotlight species are considered most at risk of extinction unless immediate…

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Orca Conservancy Volunteers with Local Restoration Project – DIRT

Orca Conservancy volunteer, Elliot Ness, spent the early morning hours on Saturday, July 1 with the Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training (DIRT) in restoring a portion of Westcrest Park. DIRT, along with its volunteers, cleared THREE heaping piles of Himalayan blackberry. This time most all clearing area was done in the underbrush. DIRT Corps provides Green Infrastructure Career Training for South Seattle Young Adults. Our focus is Urban Forestry, Green Infrastructure, and Wetlands. The program provides hands-on training with a focus on rain garden and cistern design/build, operations and maintenance (O&M), vegetation management, and ecological restoration. Killer whales are an iconic species here…

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Orca Conservancy Sponsors Beach Clean Up in honor of Orca Month

Beach Clean Up! June 10, 2017 - Orca Conservancy board members, volunteers, and community members of Shorewood on the Sound came out and picked up over 150 pounds of trash from a private beach for the orca month event. This year, our efforts also went international as Orca Conservancy Board Director, Brian Calvert, organized a beach clean up at Subic Bay, Philippines!

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Orca Conservancy attends the 2017 Sustainamania | Bothell, Washington | June 3

On June 3, 2017 Orca Conservancy participated in the '2017 Sustainamania' event held in Bothell, Washington. This FREE fun event takes place on the first Saturday in June and provides tips about sustainability for all ages! We talked with local residents about sustainability programs in the community and how living sustainably helps our endangered Southern Resident orcas.

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OC Board Member Michael Harris Steps Down

The Board of Directors of Orca Conservancy has decided to grant Michael's request for time away to pursue a political career. Orca Conservancy appreciates him many years of leadership. Highlights of his time on the board include our successful action to ensure Southern Resident orcas received protection under the Endangered Species Act.  OC played a key role in the rescue of Springer and her successful return to her pod.  Work with the Navy to prevent exposure to mid-frequency sonar was successful for many years.  Work to protect and restore habitat to support salmon recovery, and in turn orca recovery, has been a hallmark…

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