2019 management measures to protect Southern Resident killer whales
The seasonal distribution and movement patterns of Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) are strongly associated with the availability
of their preferred prey, chinook salmon, however wild populations of chinook salmon have declined dramatically in recent years. This lack
of prey has been a critical factor in the decline of Southern Resident killer whales. To address this, the Government of Canada has implemented
fishery management measures to protect Fraser River chinook salmon, a vital food source for Southern Resident killer whales.
Fishery management measures for 2019 include closures that will help increase the availability of chinook salmon and decrease noise
disturbance in the key SRKW foraging (feeding) areas found in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Gulf Islands and the mouth of the Fraser River.
A new mandatory 400-metre approach distance for all killer whales is also now in effect in the Southern Resident killer whale critical habitats.
Management measures to protect Southern Resident killer whales