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OC’s Comment for People’s Hearing on Atlantic Salmon Net Pens | November 8

Open-water Atlantic salmon fish farms have no place in Puget Sound. These operations bring disease, parasites and pollution to our waters and threaten native salmon and local fisheries. Join us in standing up to protect our shared waterways. WHAT: People’s Hearing on Cooke Aquaculture’s Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Fish Farm WHEN: November 8, 2017, 5:30-8:30pm, doors open at 5pm WHERE: The Landing Mall, 115 E Railroad Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362 Talking Points: Comment Letter:

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OC Comments in Support of Klamath Dam License Transfer for Decommissioning

Restoration of west coast rivers is key to the survival of the endangered Southern Resident killer whales, and addressing the threat of prey abundance is a priority in recovery plans for this critically endangered population. To save the whales, we need to protect the Klamath River.  Dam removal will reopen 420 miles of historic fish habitat and increase the production of Chinook salmon by more than eighty percent.  

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OC Opposes Imidacloprid | Urges Department of Ecology to deny permit

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Science: Orca Conservancy – 22nd Biennial Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Orca Conserancy's Dr. David Bain presents "A Model to Assess the Contributions of Prey Availability, Disturbance, and Toxins to the Population Dynamics of Southern Resident Killer Whales" Orca Conservancy's President Shari Tarantino: Hi Dave! Orca Conservancy is thrilled that you were chosen to give an oral presentation at the 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. Please tell us what you will be discussing and why this scientific research will benefit the endangered Southern Resident killer whales moving forward... Dr. David Bain: The exact number of endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales has been tracked for over 40 years. …

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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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