Last week, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the David Suzuki Foundation made a joint call for action to save the Southern Resident killer whales. This call for action was made to the new Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Jonathan Wilkinson to immediately close recreational and commercial marine Chinook fisheries, to suspend all commercial and recreational whale watching targeting the Southern Residents, and to actively enforce these measures.
Adam Stirling, from CFAX 1070, had Raincoast’s Misty MacDuffee on to speak about this revised call for an emergency order, and the crisis that the Southern Resident killer whales are in due to depleted wild Chinook salmon populations, vessel noise and disturbance in the Salish Sea, and other contributing factors.
Take a listen.
- Fisheries closures needed for killer whales
- Backgrounder: Emergency order under the Species at Risk Act
- Take action: Emergency closures needed now
- Feds’ fisheries announcement a welcome first step: groups renew call for killer whale emergency order
- A killer whale emergency
- Groups urge federal government to protect Southern Resident killer whales with emergency order