The National Marine Fisheries Service just proposed expanding Southern Resident killer whale critical habitat to include over 15,500 square miles of coastal waters! These highly intelligent, critically endangered, and culturally revered mammals declined in population to just 73 after this summer’s loss of three individuals. Noise pollution, combined with a scarcity of Chinook salmon and exposure to toxic contaminants, is pushing these orcas into extinction. Protecting critical habitat will push the federal government to address these threats.
These West Coast orcas depend on salmon availability in the ocean, which is why the federal government has proposed critical habitat stretching from Point Sur, California, through the northern boundary of Washington State.
Please submit your support for this designation to the National Marine Fisheries Service by December 18. Tell the Fisheries Service to finalize the critical habitat expansion as soon as possible.