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NOTICE: Final Determination Cherry Point Environmental Aquatic Reserve Boundary Modification

SEPA File No. 16-11401 Determination of Non-significance (DNS) This threshold determination is hereby: RETAINED.  

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#GivingTuesday!! November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday is THIS Tuesday, November 29! It's an international day of giving. Everyone, anywhere, can participate! Learn more at: www.givingtuesday.org  and support Orca Conservancy on Giving Tuesday at: orcaconservancy.org/donate/  Orca Conservancy's continued work assisting with the recovery of the endangered Southern Resident killer whales matter. Now more than ever. Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to: 1. safeguard critical habitats 2. advocate for creative oil-spill prevention and response measures 3. restore salmon spawning and nearshore habitats 4. ensure stronger fisheries management 5. outreach, education, events and public speaking Support Orca Conservancy with a tax-deductible contribution of $50 or more on #GivingTuesday and…

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Support Orca Conservancy when you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

As a 501c3 non-profit in Washington State, we absolutely need your support to continue our work assisting with the recovery of the critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Now more than ever. Please check out the Orca Conserancy BLOG to review the work we've accomplished, our victories, as well as some of the projects we  are currently working on. This holiday, please consider supporting Orca Conservancy when you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday by clicking the image below.  Thank you! 

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Orca Conservancy supports the Cherry Point Environmental Aquatic Reserve Boundary Modification

ORCA CONSERVANCY SUPPORTS THE CHERRY POINT ENVIRONMENTAL AQUATIC RESERVE BOUNDARY MODIFICATION Forage fish, specifically, Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi), surf smelt (Hypomesus pretiosus), and Pacific sand lance (Ammodytes hexapterus), are small schooling fishes that form a critical link in the marine food web between zooplankton and larger fish and wildlife consumers. Status of forage fish populations can be an indicator of the health and productivity of nearshore systems. In short - Forage Fish = Salmon = Orca

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Old Thom Appears – Again – in the Bay of Fundy

Old Thom was spotted again! Here he is approximately 17 nautical miles NW of Petite Passage in the Bay of Fundy. Captain Brent Hebb, on Canadian Fishing Vessel 'Atlantic Mist' (home port is Metegan, Nova Scotia), took these images, and video (below) this morning from his trawler as Old Thom took to scratching himself on the towing warps.  This particular orca is affectionately known as “Old Thom,” a male who is about 30 feet long and weighs eight tons, age unknown. And he’s known for being spotted in unusual places. He has been sighted by researchers in 2014 and 2015…

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2016 Population Update – Southern Resident Killer Whales

As of October 29, 2016 the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population stands at 81 members across the three pods (J-Pod, K-Pod and L-Pod). J-Pod=27, K-Pod=19, L-Pod=35 According to the Center for Whale Research, the following whales have been listed as missing and/or presumed deceased: L95 - Born in 1996, the 20-year-old male southern resident killer whale was found dead near Esperanza Inlet, B.C. on March 30, 2016. History: On February 24, 2016, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was able to deploy a satellite tag on L95 off LaPush, Oregon. Subsequently, an expert panel determined that a fungal infection entered the orca's…

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Ecotourism Businesses Call on Obama, Trudeau to Protect the Arctic

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Orca Conservancy opposes the Bay of Fundy Tidal Turbine Project / Minas Passage

Orca Conservancy’s urgent concern is directed to the harbour porpoises that frequent Minas Passage/Basin, Nova Scotia, Canada. Phocoena phocoena is an abundant small cetacean in the Northwest Atlantic, and as such, is an important top predator. It is also one of the most threatened species, particularly as a consequence of fishery by-catch. Harbour porpoises are listed by the Committee on the Status of  Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as a species of special concern and represent the most commonly occurring species of cetacean in Minas Passage/Basin, seen year-round in small pods. It should go without saying... Orca Conservancy absolutely supports 'green alternative' energy. What…

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Necropsy, L95 – Final Report AHC Case: 16-1760

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NOAA: Satellite tag infection killed orca (L95)

Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Stranding Event Expert Review Summary, September 21, 2016 Background: On August 23, 2016 the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program(MMHSRP) of National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) held a conference call with an expert panel of five veterinarians, veterinary pathologists, and biologists to review and discuss the information available for the stranding of a tagged southern resident killer whale (Orcinus orca) that occurred on March 30, 2016.The Northwest Fisheries Science Center had deployed a satellite-linked limpet-style tag on killer whale L95 on February 23, 2016. The last transmission received from L95’s tag was on February 26, 2016, with subsequent re-sighting…

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