Whale watching regulations

Passionate about our local whales? Our southern resident orca group is down to only 73 members. From the Seattle Times:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has opened a so-called scoping period for 60 days to take public comment on whether existing Federal Regulations adequately protect killer whales from the impacts of vessels and noise in the inland waters of Washington State, and if not, what action the agency should take.

Seattle Times, Oct 24 2019

You can send comments via email to OrcaRecovery.WCR@noaa.gov with the subject line “Comments on Protective Regulations for Killer Whale Scoping”, or mail written comments to Seattle Branch Chief, Protected Resources Division, West Coast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 1, Seattle WA 98155, Attn: SRKW Vessel Regulation Revision. You can also give comments in person at a public meeting to be held in Friday Harbour at the Brickworks Event Center, Nov 12 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Read the full article here.


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