Southern Resident orcas are beloved, but right now, there are only 73 of these critically endangered "wolves of the sea" left in the wild.
You can help. The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing to expand the Southern Resident orca's federally protected habitat by over 15,600 square miles of coastal waters off of Washington, Oregon, and California.
This is a huge deal. This new proposal could help protect this iconic species from oil spills and toxic contaminants, and it could help recover the struggling salmon populations that orcas depend on for food.
However, it's up to us to ensure that the agency's final proposal is as strong as possible by ensuring that orcas are fully protected from harmful underwater noise pollution and not giving the U.S. Navy a free pass in the orca's waters.
Submit your public comment to the National Marine Fisheries Service in support of strong new protections for Southern Resident orcas' entire home before the December 18 deadline!
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Submit your public comment to the National Marine Fisheries Service in support of strong new orca protections before the December 18 deadline!
National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA
I support your proposal to expand critical orca habitat!
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