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Orca Conservancy makes comment on the public draft of the NOAA Fisheries’ Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) Road Map

Resilient, productive ocean fisheries are critical to our economy and way of life.  Managing these fisheries over the long-term means taking into account more than just one species at a time. It requires a holistic, science-based approach that looks at the entire ecosystem.

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Canadian Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Threatens Critically Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

          Seattle, Washington - Orca Conservancy continues to urge the Canadian government to reject the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, on behalf of the critically endangered population of Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs).  This population of SRKWs is a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and is listed as ENDANGERED on both the Species At Risk Act (SARA) in Canada, as well as the Endangered Species Act (ESA), in the United States. The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, if granted permission to move forward, will increase the amount of oil transported from Edmonton to Burnaby’s Westbridge Terminal from 300,000…

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          September 21, 2016 RE: Snake River Dam Removal Dear Administrator Mainzer, Commander Spellmon, and Director Lee: Its past time to remove the four outdated, salmon-killing dams on the lower Snake River. This is an alternative you must consider fully and fairly in the court-ordered environmental impact statement you are preparing for managing the Columbia and Snake River dams. When the critically endangered population of Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) were listed as an endangered species back in 2005, the population total was 88 members across the three pods - J-pod, K-pod and L-pod. In 2008,…

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Free the Snake River, Remove the Dams

  Buck Ryan, the Snake River Waterkeeper, put it this way, "Removing hydroelectric dams is progress—we no longer have to destroy rivers and kill endangered fish to keep the lights on." As I paddled my kayak amidst the hundreds of people in the Free The Snake flotilla last weekend, I believe Ryan is on the right track. Dams are a 50 to 100 year old technology—it's time to remove even more dams along America's diminished waterways and replace that aged technology with flourishing solar and wind energy systems. 2016 was the second year for the Free The Snake flotilla. Co-sponsored…

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Not all Green Energy Projects get the ‘green’ light…

High costs for environmental monitoring helped put a stop to OpenHydro’s tidal project off the coast of Washington state earlier this year. A tidal power demonstration project licensed in 2014 for Admiralty Inlet, the northern area of the Puget Sound’s main basin, was rejected by Washington state’s Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) early in 2016. It would have been the U.S. west coast’s first tidal energy project, but the utility opted to stop the project after environmental monitoring, more extensive than that planned in Nova Scotia, escalated costs. The project was supposed to test two 441-tonne six-metre-diameter rotary turbines…

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APHIS: Amend the Animal Welfare Act for Marine Mammals Now!

"The conditions in which Lolita is kept, and the injuries the Plaintiffs have presented to the Court, are largely addressed under a different federal law—the Animal Welfare Act. Under these facts, Plaintiffs remedy is not under the ESA, but rather with Congress, where their efforts to improve Lolita’s less than ideal conditions can be addressed through legislation." ~ URSULA UNGARO | UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE | June 1, 2016 Click HERE to Sign the PETITION WE, the undersigned, are aware that as per findings by the Marine Mammal Commission (MMC) dated May, 2016, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is…

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It’s Time To Be Part of the Solution … Not the Problem

August 25, 2016           With the recent news of J14, a 42-year old matriarch of J-Pod, being listed as missing and presumed deceased from the critically endangered Southern Resident Community of orcas -- NOW more than ever is the time to embrace doing YOUR part in being part of the solution. This is a national issue, not just a local one. This population is clearly struggling and needs all the help it can get. The situation appears critical -- but it is not impossible to correct -- if we all make some changes in our daily lives. NOW.   What Can YOU…

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Action Plan for the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) in Canada

The Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) were listed as Threatened and Endangered, respectively, under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in 2003. This Action Plan is considered one in a series of documents that are linked and should be taken into consideration together, including the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) status report, a recovery potential assessment, and the Recovery Strategy. Click Here for 2016 Proposed Action Plan Consultation period: 2016-06-15 to 2016-08-14 Orca Conservancy Comment:

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Despite dam agreement, Klamath battles rage on

Despite dam agreement, Klamath battles rage on By Damon Arthur of the Redding Record Searchlight An agreement this past spring to remove four dams on the Klamath River has not brought an end to the legal battles over water in the river. The four dams had long been viewed as obstacles to improving conditions in the river for salmon and other fish. So when governors, a CEO and other political and tribal officials gathered along the Klamath River in April to sign the accord, it was considered a historic pact. But by this summer, threats of litigation — and at…

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Welcome Back A73 (Springer) and A104 (Spirit)!!

A73 belongs to the A24 matriline of the A4 pod which is part of the Northern Resident Community of orcas of the Pacific Northwest, primarily frequenting the waters of the "inside passage" of British Columbia. Their range has been known to include the southern waters of Alaska. It usually doesn’t work. When humans interfere with nature, the results are usually not good for nature. So when several people from a diverse range of groups came together in 2002 to save a young wayward orca in Puget Sound, a tide of skepticism rolled in. The plan was to capture the young…

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