Protection Groups Ask Federal Government to protect Orca Whales

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, March 3, 2018
Two killer whales jump above the sea surface, showing their black, white and grey colouration. The closer whale is upright and viewed from the side, while the other whale is arching backward to display its underside.

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation along with several other protection groups are asking the Federal Government to do their part to protect Orca Whales.

Groups say that the noise from commercial ships and a decline in salmon stocks are putting the whales off the coast of British Columbia in extreme danger. 

In the fall of 2008, Raincoast and several other conservation groups, filed a lawsuit to protect Canada’s two populations of Resident killer whales.

Represented by Ecojustice, the case was filed on the basis that Fisheries & Oceans Canada (DFO) is obligated to protect the critical habitat of threatened and endangered whales. 

Southern resident Orca Whales were listed as endangered species in 2005.



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