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.
Coordinates and more detailed maps coming soon.
Overview of management measures to protect Southern Resident killer whales
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- Let’s Talk – Oceans Protection Plan
- Protecting Canada's Endangered Whales
- Oceans Protection Plan Report to Canadians
- Protecting our Coasts - Oceans Protection Plan
- Canadian Coast Guard: Notice to mariners NOTMAR
- Killer whale (Northeast Pacific, southern resident population) summary report
- $167.4 million Whales Initiative: Protecting the Southern Resident killer whale
- Transport Canada: Interim Order for the Protection of Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) in the Waters of Southern British Columbia
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