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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

August 23, 2021

The Seattle Times: Skinny orcas are up to 3 times more likely to die than…

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By Lynda V. MapesAugust 18, 2021 Skinny southern resident killer whales are two to three times more likely to die in the next year than whales in a healthy condition, new research shows. In a paper titled, “Survival of the Fattest,” scientists used drone… Read More
July 20, 2021

Atmos Magazine: The Frontline - To Our Relatives in the Water

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Across the Pacific Northwest, many tribal nations see the salmon and orcas as relatives, but recent heat waves are challenging the ability for them to survive. The Frontline examines efforts to save these endangered species and their cultural significance. By… Read More
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February 22, 2021

Seattle Times: New orca baby born to southern resident L pod

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By Lynda V. MapesFeb 17, 2020 A new baby has been born to the L pod family of southern resident killer whales, scientists reported. Ken Balcomb, founding director of the Center for Whale Research, confirmed the birth Wednesday. The mother is L86, and the sex… Read More

Oct 12, 2020 - NPR: 2 newborn orcas spotted in Puget Sound in the same month

Sep 28, 2020 - Tacoma New Tribune: Removing dams on Puyallup and Snake rivers is key to salmon and orca survival

Sep 25, 2020 - Seattle Times: Another new orca baby born to J pod — the second this month

Sep 24, 2020 - Crosscut: Opinion - We lose more than salmon and orcas to the Snake River dams

Sep 18, 2020 - The New York Times: Orca That Carried Dead Calf for 17 Days Gives Birth Again

Sep 18, 2020 - Seattle Times: Orca Tahlequah is a mother again

Apr 30, 2020 - GiveBIG 2020 - May 5th and 6th. Please help sustain our work at this critical time

Mar 31, 2020 - Press Release: Washington State, Oregon Lawmakers Press Trump Administration to Extend Columbia River System Environmental Impact Statement Comment Period

Mar 29, 2020 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (March-April 2020)

Mar 1, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Feds - Snake River dams should stay

Feb 28, 2020 - Oregonian Opinion: Oregon’s orcas, too

Feb 21, 2020 - CBB: Oregon Governor Expresses Support For Lower Snake Dam Removal; Must Mitigate ‘Potential Harm To Vital Sectors’

Dec 23, 2019 - Get Involved! Washington State's 'Lower Snake River Stakeholder Process' - A Resource Page

Nov 22, 2019 - Idaho Statesman: 2 Idaho rivers remain open for steelhead fishing. Guides say closure causes confusion

Nov 21, 2019 - Idaho Statesman: Removing lower Snake River dams is best chance for salmon, steelhead recovery

Nov 17, 2019 - Seattle Times: New drone, underwater footage of orcas stuns researchers, gives intimate look at killer whales’ family life

Oct 30, 2019 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News - October/November 2019

Oct 14, 2019 - Seattle Times: Yakama, Lummi tribal leaders call for removal of three lower Columbia River dams

Oct 14, 2019 - Inlander: Washington tribes call for removal of Columbia River dams, reject doctrine of Christian discovery

Oct 4, 2019 - Island Weekly: OPALCO’s dam decision is concerning

Sep 30, 2019 - You're Invited: 'Dammed to Extinction'

Sep 30, 2019 - Seattle Times: Chasing a memory - In California, orcas and salmon have become so scarce people have forgotten what once was. Will the Northwest be next?

Sep 19, 2019 - CBB: NOAA Fisheries proposes expanding critical habitat for killer whales from Washington to California; New details on eating Columbia River fish

Sep 19, 2019 - Seattle Times: Feds seek expanded habitat protection as salmon, orcas battle climate  change, habitat degradation

Sep 18, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Idaho to consider closing steelhead fishing on Clearwater/Snake rivers

Sep 16, 2019 - NY Times: How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’

Sep 10, 2019 - Chinook Observer: Editorial - Only smart, honest policies stand in the way of extinction

Sep 4, 2019 - Daily Kos: Endangered orcas' fate is tied to a series of dams 400 miles inland

Sep 4, 2019 - Daily Kos: The politics of starving orcas - Why human folly is killing off an endangered population

Aug 26, 2019 - Action Alert - Contact these Northwest leaders today - "Salmon, orca and communities need leadership today!"

Aug 15, 2019 - Seattle Times: Both orca babies are alive, and all 3 southern resident pods have been spotted in Canadian waters

Aug 13, 2019 - Crosscut: A new film argues Lower Snake dams make life worse for salmon, orcas and everyone in the PNW

Aug 7, 2019 - Seattle Times: Three southern resident orcas missing, presumed dead

Aug 7, 2019 - KUOW: Orca population drops as 3 more killer whales presumed dead

Aug 7, 2019 - Seattle Times: Where are the salmon and the orcas? Tribe, scientists grapple with unprecedented disappearance in Washington waters  

Jul 31, 2019 - Gazette-Tribune: In support of salmon recovery, Ecology seeks feedback on proposed rule changes

Jul 31, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Study, Breaching dams would pay off

Jul 26, 2019 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News - July 2019

Jul 16, 2019 - Seattle Times: Mother orca Tahlequah and her dead calf, one year later. How did she change the conversation?

Jul 15, 2019 - KOMO News: Two southern resident orcas are missing, feared dead

Jul 14, 2019 - Seattle Times: The great salmon mystery, Scientists go to unprecedented lengths to find out where chinook go

Jul 11, 2019 - Crosscut: Flush with cash, WA should invest in orcas now

Jun 11, 2019 - Union Bulletin: With or without dams, we are in this together

Jun 4, 2019 - Mountain Journal: Collapse of Salmon And Steelhead A Dam Shame

May 20, 2019 - Q13 Fox: Endangered orca J17’s health in dramatic decline

May 14, 2019 - Seattle Times: Canada’s new protections for orcas go a little further than new legislation in Washington state    

May 5, 2019 - GiveBIG 2019 is on Wednesday, May 8 - make your pledge today!

Apr 22, 2019 - Crosscut: Will limits on fishing free up salmon for starving orcas?

Apr 22, 2019 - Seattle Times: Gov. Jay Inslee’s orca-recovery agenda advancing, but billion-dollar funding yet to be seen

Apr 17, 2019 - Chinook Observer Editorial: Orcas should be allies not enemies in salmon efforts

Apr 9, 2019 - Seattle Times: Groups sue to restrict salmon fishing, help Northwest orcas

Apr 9, 2019 - Crosscut: WA lawmakers pass on whale-watching ban aimed at helping orcas

Mar 18, 2019 - Everett Herald Editorial: What look at Snake dams can mean for orcas and us

Mar 15, 2019 - CBB: More Salmon/Steelhead To Columbia River Than Last Year, But Forecasts Mixed Among Species 

Mar 15, 2019 - CBB: Salmon Fishing Rules Off NW Coast To Be Guided By Need To Protect Low Numbers Of Chinook 

Mar 15, 2019 - CBB: Ocean Conditions Appear To Be Heading In Right Direction For Improving Salmon-Steelhead Runs 

Mar 13, 2019 - InvestigateWest: Legislature, Inslee Struggle to Fix Roads that Block Salmon, Help Starving Orca

Mar 8, 2019 - Seattle Times: Feds could restrict Pacific Ocean fishing over endangered orcas, NOAA letter says

Feb 24, 2019 - Seattle Times: Hunger, the Decline of Salmon Adds to the Struggle of Puget Sound’s Orca

Feb 22, 2019 - CBB: Very Low Spring Chinook Forecasted Return Prompts Limits on Recreational Fishing 

Feb 22, 2019 - CBB: NW Power/Conservation Council Hears Details On Flexible Spill Agreement To Aid Juvenile Salmonids 

Feb 22, 2019 - Q13 Fox: To help salmon migrate, state looks to spill more over dams

Feb 13, 2019 - The Spokesman-Review: Diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts urges Legislature to fully fund the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Feb 1, 2019 - Seattle Times: Washington state to regulate federal dams on Columbia, Snake to cool hot water, aid salmon

Feb 1, 2019 - Seattle PI: 'Fish flush' could be part of orca and salmon recovery

Feb 1, 2019 - OPB: To Help Orcas Catch More Salmon, Washington Plans To Increase Spill At Dams

Jan 30, 2019 - The Spokesman Review: Salmon and orcas linked, Legislature told

Jan 30, 2019 - Outside Magazine: Washington's Bold Plan to Save Its Orcas

Jan 30, 2019 - National Wildlife Federation Blog - Can We All Agree? A Baby Orca Needs to Eat

Jan 25, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Dam issues reach both sides of the river

Jan 23, 2019 - CTV News: Scientists suggest new threat to endangered B.C. orcas: pink salmon

Jan 3, 2019 - Seattle Times: 2 more Puget Sound orcas predicted to die in critically endangered population

Dec 23, 2018 - Save Our wild Salmon's 2018 year-in-review - and look ahead!

Dec 23, 2018 - Spokesman-Review Guest Opinion: Time for BPA to act on dams

Dec 23, 2018 - Yakima-Herald Saturday soapbox: To help the orcas, and improve salmon runs, remove the dams

Dec 20, 2018 - Tri-City Herald:  Opponents call new dam agreement to help salmon ‘worse than useless’

Dec 20, 2018 - Lewiston Tribune: Salmon deal to add more spillage at region’s dams. Oregon, Washington and Nez Perce Tribe reach agreement over fish passage operations

Dec 20, 2018 - Seattle Times: Changes to dams on Columbia, Snake rivers to benefit salmon, hydropower and orcas

Dec 20, 2018 - OPB: Dam Agreement Aims To Help More Salmon Survive Columbia River Journey

Dec 20, 2018 - Tri-City Herald: If Snake River dams are breached, what would happen? We must get our message out

Dec 14, 2018 - Spokesman-Review: Inslee task force would study possible dam breaching to help salmon, orcas

Nov 25, 2018 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: For endangered orcas, it's the hunger games

Nov 19, 2018 - Q13 Fox: Orca task force finalizes plan to save endangered southern resident killer whales

Nov 19, 2018 - Tri-City Herald: State task force names 36 ways to save orcas. What does that mean for tearing down the dams?

Nov 19, 2018 - Seattle PI: Urgent, controversial orca whale recovery steps go to Inslee

Nov 19, 2018 - Seattle Time: Orca task force recommends whale-watching moratorium, studying dam removal to help endangered mammals

Nov 19, 2018 - Everett Herald Editorial: Solutions for saving our salmon and orcas

Nov 19, 2018 - Crosscut - The Orca Task Force finally has a plan. Will it work?

Nov 18, 2018 - Call Governor Inslee Today: "Secure funding for the lower Snake River stakeholder forum!"

Nov 16, 2018 - For Immediate Release: Orca Recovery Task Force calls for urgent action to increase Columbia-Snake river chinook salmon populations, among its recommendations for Governor Inslee to protect critically endangered orcas from extinction.

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