New Rules Protect Orcas From Boats — but Not Enough
Washington state just voted to finalize rules to protect Southern Resident killer whales from the noise and disturbance of whale-watching boats. Unfortunately the rules still allow those boats in summer, when these critically endangered whales are foraging in the Salish Sea.
"These rules are a step forward, but we can do more," said Sophia Ressler, a Center for Biological Diversity lawyer. "We need to prevent people from loving these beautiful whales to death."
The Center has been working for these orcas since 2001, when we filed the petition that won them Endangered Species Act protection. In the past 20 years, we've worked in and out of court pushing to protect their habitat, craft a recovery plan, and save them from ships and fisheries. The campaign continues, but we need your help. Please, join our fight today with a matched gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.