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Protecting Orca by Restoring Salmon

Restoring Columbia Basin salmon is a key to orca survival

The tremendous salmon recovery potential in the Snake and Columbia Rivers and their tributaries makes this basin a top priority for rebuilding the Chinook salmon populations our endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales need to survive and recover.

With just 78 whales remaining in the wild, the Northwest’s Southern Resident Killer Whales are among our nation’s most endangered species. The leading cause of decline: lack of sufficient prey resources – Chinook salmon. With its historic productivity, low human population, and remaining pockets of large, high, pristine and well protected habitat, the Columbia and Snake River Basin represents our nation’s best opportunity to restore the large numbers of Chinook salmon that endangered, hungry orcas need to survive and recover.



Protecting Orca by Restoring Salmon Articles

January 04, 2018

Could Slower Ships Help the Orcas?

in Protecting Orca by Restoring Salmon
by Allegra Abramo To the human eye, big ships cruising along the west side of San Juan Island this summer might have looked like they were traveling in slow motion. To the perceptive ears of killer whales, those same ships might have sounded a little bit… Read More
December 10, 2017

CBB: Agencies Outline NEPA/EIS Progress Evaluating Columbia/Snake River Uses,…

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Friday, December 08, 2017 Federal agencies that operate fourteen Columbia/Snake River dams described this week their progress one year into a five-year National Environmental Policy Act process required by a court-ordered rewrite of the biological opinion for… Read More
November 09, 2017

Defenders of Wildlife: Wild Without End - Orcas in a Tight Spot

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November 2017 Southern Resident orcas in the Salish Sea are facing population decline at the hands of a severe drop in salmon numbers. Noise pollution from ship traffic, the pollution of the ecosystem and bioaccumulation of toxins in Southern Resident orcas… Read More

Nov 2, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Twenty-five conservation organizations and business associations call on Governor Inslee to act quickly to help salmon and orca

Oct 27, 2017 - Seattle Times: Orcas headed to extinction unless we get them more chinook and quieter waters, report says

Oct 8, 2017 - NWPR: Puget Sound's Southern Resident Orca Population Drops To 30-Year Low

Sep 25, 2017 - NRDC: New Study Offers Way Out of Hot Water & Salmon Crisis

Jul 20, 2017 - South Whidbey Record: UW study pins orca pregnancy problems on lack of salmon

Jul 17, 2017 - Oceana: Study: endangered orcas are losing their unborn babies because they’re starving

Jul 10, 2017 - Idaho Statesman: Fate of Pacific Northwest orcas tied to having enough Columbia River salmon

Jun 29, 2017 - Seattle Times: A new study nails dearth of chinook salmon as the primary cause of the endangered resident orca whale’s failure to rebound.

Apr 26, 2017 - AP: Tribes sue Coast Guard over tanker-traffic risk to orcas

Mar 24, 2017 - The Stranger: Is Anyone Going to Save the Endangered Killer Whales in Puget Sound Before It's Too Late?

Jan 25, 2017 - Hawaii Magazine, Coastal Science and Societies: What Happens When an Endangered Whale Pod Loses its Wise Old Grandma?

Jan 2, 2017 - Tri-Cities Herard Letter to the Editor: On orcas, ask an expert

Jan 2, 2017 - KING5-TV: Vigils Held for Southern Resident Orcas

Dec 22, 2016 - KOMO NEWS: Endangered southern resident orca found dead off Canadian coast

Dec 13, 2016 - Oil tankers could doom Puget Sound’s orcas

Nov 30, 2016 - Truthout Report: Without Major Interventions, the Orca's Days Are Numbered

Oct 30, 2016 - KOMO News: 'It's a sad day:' Researchers claim Puget Sound orcas are starving and dying

Oct 28, 2016 - Seattle Times: Another Puget Sound orca dies; hope dim for her calf

Jun 25, 2016 - The orcas are starving

Jun 6, 2016 - Orca and Salmon - An Evening of Storytelling

Jun 2, 2016 - NRDC Blog: To Save Orcas, First Save Salmon

Jun 2, 2016 - Defenders Magazine: Looking for a Sound Solution

May 31, 2016 - Orca Month 2016 Calendar of Events

May 31, 2016 - Orca Month 2016

Mar 31, 2016 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Hungry killer whales waiting for Columbia River salmon

Jan 24, 2016 - Seattle Times: Puget Sound orca numbers rise fast after 30-year low in 2014

Dec 7, 2015 - CBC: Orca baby boom: 7th calf born to endangered southern resident population

Nov 16, 2015 - To save the orcas, do we need to demolish dams?

Nov 4, 2015 - Huff Post: Newborn Orca 'Baby Boom' Depends Upon Our Breaching Deadbeat Dams

Oct 27, 2015 - Daily Astorian Editorial: Orcas growing factor in Columbia River salmon management

Oct 22, 2015 - Skagit Valley Herald: New alliance has big goals for salmon, orca recovery

Oct 22, 2015 - KOMO TV: Interview with Dr. Carl Safina on the Orca-Salmon Connection

Oct 22, 2015 - Seattle Times: Puget Sound’s killer whales looking good

Sep 16, 2015 - Intertwined Fates: The Orca-Salmon Connection in the Northwest

Aug 21, 2015 - Patagonia's The Cleanest Line: Save Money, Save Salmon, Save Mike: Free the Snake

Jun 17, 2015 - Nat Geo Guest Blog: Breach the Snake River Dams

Jun 5, 2015 - The Daily Astorian: Orcas back at Columbia River as 2015 tracking ends

May 21, 2015 - WDC Guest Blog: Southern Resident Orcas and the Snake River

Apr 1, 2015 - Seattle Times: Orca baby boom continues with discovery of fourth calf

Mar 4, 2015 - Seattle Times: Researchers tracking killer whales took this video of a new calf from the endangered orca population

Mar 4, 2015 - Chinook Observer: Animal roundup: Baby orca leads a parade of returning species

Mar 4, 2015 - Chinook Observer: Baby orca in the Columbia River plume this week

Feb 28, 2015 - Guest Opinion: Survival of endangered orcas in the Salish Sea depends on restoring chinook

Feb 23, 2015 - Lewiston Tribune: Whale concerns prompt dam petition

Feb 20, 2015 - Kitsap Sun: K and L pods under observation as they travel south in ocean

Feb 18, 2015 - Islander Weekly: Dam removal initiative finds footing in DC

Dec 20, 2014 - Seattle Times: Ten years after ESA listing, killer whale numbers falling

Dec 16, 2014 - CBS News: Pregnant killer whale J-32 was starving, necropsy reveals

Oct 22, 2014 - Seattle Times: 7-week-old baby orca missing, presumed dead

Sep 2, 2014 - Associated Press: Orca population in Puget Sound falling

Jul 7, 2014 - KING 5 TV: Orca expert's dire warning about Puget Sound orcas

Feb 2, 2014 - New study connects Puget Sound orcas and Columbia Basin salmon

Jan 15, 2014 - Orca advocates, businesses and scientists call on Governor Inslee to take action to rebuild endangered chinook salmon stocks

Apr 10, 2013 - Watching Our Waterways: Orca tracking project comes to an end for now

Mar 5, 2013 - Revealing new data shows killer whales' affinity for the Columbia River mouth

Jun 28, 2012 - Saving Salmon to Save Orcas

Jun 21, 2010 - June is Orca Month - Check out the new video on salmon and orcas

Dec 29, 2009 - Orcas and Salmon Roundup by Howard Garrett: Will The Present Administration Act In Behalf Of Orcas And Salmon?

Dec 1, 2009 - "Commercial Fisheries, Salmon, and Orcas" - by Candace Calloway Whiting in the Seattle PI's City Brights

Nov 17, 2009 - "River of Renewal"- Salmon, Dams, Orcas, and You

Jun 10, 2009 - June is Orca Awareness Month!

Mar 2, 2009 - Saving Snake River salmon will save Puget Sound killer whales

May 2, 2008 - Seattle Times Guest columnists: Connect the dots to save orcas, salmon

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