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The Southern Resident killer whales are critically endangered. We’re working to save them. You can help us protect killer whales by donating now.1

Help us save killer whales

Now is the time to act

“Government and independent analyses of this population indicate a 25 to 49 percent risk of extinction this century if conditions don’t improve. The good news is they can also recover if we reduce vessel disturbance and increase the availability of Chinook salmon.” – Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director at Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Save the whales: A decade of action for Southern Residents

For the last 10 years, Raincoast has been using science, public education and the courts to try and protect Canada’s endangered population of salmon-eating killer whales. With their salmon stocks in decline and targeted by fisheries, and a noisy and polluted ocean, they face extinction under existing conditions.

The good news is they can recover if these conditions are reversed.

Why your action matters now

As of January 2018, the population of 76 Southern Resident killer whales has had no successful births since 2015. A 2017 study on their birth rates found nearly 70 per cent of detected pregnancies failed due to nutritional stress associated with lack of prey.

The good news is they can recover if we reduce vessel disturbance and increase the availability of Chinook salmon.

Lack of prey is due to both the abundance of Chinook and boat noise and disturbance that interferes with their ability to catch them. Raincoast’s population viability assessment and those conducted by government scientists indicate SRKWs face a 25 to 49 percent risk of extinction (respectively) in the next 100 years if their threats aren’t reduced.

  1. Photo by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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