Take action: Protect orcas by opposing the whalewatch licensing loophole

The new rules for commercial whale watching of Southern Resident orcas are only weeks old, yet they are already under attack in the state legislature by the commercial whale watch industry. These rules were adopted by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in December in order to reduce impacts of vessel noise and disturbance, a key recommendation of the Orca Recovery Task Force. A bipartisan majority of legislators voted for the approach that was carried out by the Department of Fish and Wildlife using public funds over the past year.

However, the industry lobbied for a new bill now being considered in the state legislature that would take a wrecking ball to the rules, creating an unacceptable loophole that removes the licensing requirement for all whale watching and commercial operators. What remains would be an ineffective opt-in program that is not in the best interests of Southern Resident orcas.

Email your Senator today and urge them to oppose this loophole!


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