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Feds’ fisheries announcement a welcome first step: groups renew call for killer whale emergency order

Five Southern Resident killer whales swim side by side in the Salish Sea.

Conservation groups are applauding today’s announcement from Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna that endangered Southern Resident killer whales face “imminent threats” to their survival and recovery. Prompted by this assessment, the Ministers also announced immediate fisheries closures in key Southern Resident foraging areas …

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Action for killer whales cannot be delayed

Two southern resident killer whales approach in the Salish Sea.

The Salish Sea’s Southern Resident killer whale population is one of the most critically endangered populations of marine mammals in Canada and the U.S. Both countries list this transboundary population as endangered, citing three primary risk factors…

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