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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

June 28, 2018

Puget Sound Recovery Caucus: Puget Sound Recovery Caucus introduces “National…

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June 21, 2018 Washington, D.C. – Tomorrow the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, led by U.S. Representatives Denny Heck (WA-10) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will introduce a resolution before the United States Congress declaring June 2018 “National Orca Protection… Read More
June 25, 2018

Crosscut: Why do we keep loving our orcas — to death?

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Why do we keep loving our orcas — to death? by Knute Berger/ June 25, 2018 Few books I’ve read recently have tapped into an intense inner rage — an old anger. But Jason Colby’s book, “Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Biggest Predator,” published… Read More
June 01, 2018

Seattle Times: Inslee calls Canada pipeline ‘profoundly damaging,’ fears for…

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Linda Mapes An unprecedented deal between the Canadian federal government and Houston-based Kinder Morgan to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline poses grave risks for the critically endangered southern-resident killer- whale population, and drew a stiff rebuke… Read More
June 01, 2018

Seattle Times: Gov. Inslee: Canada’s unneighborly pipeline deal threatens orcas…

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By Jay Inslee Special to The Times Our neighbors in Canada have been good partners in the fight against climate change and efforts to keep our seas healthy. However, this week Canada took a major step backward. Our lands and waters share incredible bounty and… Read More

Mar 14, 2018 - For Immediate Release: Orca and salmon advocates welcome Governor Inslee’s creation of an emergency orca task force

Mar 14, 2018 - Seattle Times: Critically endangered orcas have governor’s, tribe’s attention

Mar 3, 2018 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News - February/March 2018

Mar 1, 2018 - Tri- City Herald: Decision on Snake dam removal has Murray and Newhouse at odds

Feb 4, 2018 - US News and World Report: State Bills Tackle Threats to Endangered Puget Sound Orcas

Feb 4, 2018 - OPB: Endangered Orcas Are Starving. Should We Start Feeding Them?

Jan 27, 2018 - Seattle Times: Environmental impact of salmon decline: This isn’t just about fish

Jan 4, 2018 - Could Slower Ships Help the Orcas?

Dec 10, 2017 - Associated Press: Washington governor opposes House bill on Columbia, Snake River dams

Dec 10, 2017 - CBB: Agencies Outline NEPA/EIS Progress Evaluating Columbia/Snake River Uses, Improvements For Fish

Dec 5, 2017 - December 5, 2017: Governor Inslee issues statement opposing harmful HR 3144

Nov 14, 2017 - Where have all Puget Sound’s orcas gone?

Nov 9, 2017 - Defenders of Wildlife: Wild Without End - Orcas in a Tight Spot

Nov 5, 2017 - Seattle PI: Orca whales need Chinook salmon, losing same

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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