Saving Southern Resident orcas

Saving Southern Resident orcas

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There's no place like home.

To save the Southern Resident orcas, we need to protect their home – all of it.  For too long, the coastal part of the orcas’ range, where they spend over half the year, has not had enough protection from the major threats affecting this small, unique community.  That’s why a new proposal from the National Marine Fisheries Service is so important – and why showing NMFS overwhelming support for finalizing this rule is so essential for Southern Resident orcas.

That’s where you come in.

This proposal would increase Southern Resident critical habitat to be ...

There's no place like home.

To save the Southern Resident orcas, we need to protect their home – all of it.  For too long, the coastal part of the orcas’ range, where they spend over half the year, has not had enough protection from the major threats affecting this small, unique community.  That’s why a new proposal from the National Marine Fisheries Service is so important – and why showing NMFS overwhelming support for finalizing this rule is so essential for Southern Resident orcas.

That’s where you come in.

This proposal would increase Southern Resident critical habitat to be more than 7x bigger than it is now, including over 15,600 square miles of the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California.  This designation adds another layer of protection from the impacts of human-made noise, pollution, and oil spills, and can help the struggling salmon populations that the Southern Residents depend on - all in coastal waters that are vital to their survival.

Please add your support calling to finalize this proposal ASAP.  Giving the home of the Southern Resident orcas the protection it needs is long overdue (we’ve been working on this for more than 5 years!), and we need to speak up for orcas and make sure this vital recovery measure moves forward.

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Protect the home of Southern Resident orcas

Research shows that endangered species with critical habitat protections are *twice* as likely to be on a path to recovery as those without.  There are only 73 Southern Resident orcas left in the wild, their smallest population in over 40 years.  Protecting only part of their home is only the first step.  Please add your name by December 18th to urge NMFS to give the orcas and their home everything they need to survive and thrive.

Dear National Marine Fisheries Service,

I support expanding federally-designated critical habitat for Southern Resident orcas to include their coastal range. I urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to act quickly to finalize this expansion as soon as possible and give the orcas and their home the protection they need.

The information collected since the Southern Residents were listed under the Endangered Species Act in 2005 clearly indicates the importance of their coastal habitat and the need to protect this area from the top threats limiting their recovery: prey depletion, toxic contamination, noise & disturbance, and risk of oil spills.

This rule is long overdue, and I ask NMFS to finalize this proposal ASAP to ensure the survival and recovery of the endangered Southern Resident orcas.

Thank you,