Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Southern Resident Killer Whales - Priorities for Recovery
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The Future of Killer Whale Recovery

With the Southern Resident population now at only 75 individuals, their survival is clearly threatened under current conditions. Additional noise from vessel traffic, further reductions in food availability, or random events such as disease and oil spills would significantly increase their risk of extinction. Our research has helped to outline the viability of this population, given existing threats and those on the horizon. The same research also outlines that we can put them on a path to recovery if we take necessary action.

Hosted by Bob McDonald, host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, this evening will discuss possibilities for recovery of critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales.

From fisheries closures and feeding refuges free from fishing and whale watching, to closure of marine commercial and recreational fisheries and noise reductions from commercial vessels, recovery measures are controversial.

EXPERT PANELISTS

Misty MacDuffee: Wild Salmon Program Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation
Misty has been working on salmon conservation as a biologist for over 20 years. For more than a decade she has led Raincoast’s efforts to protect to protect the Southern Residents. As well as a publishing critical research on both wild salmon and killer whales, Misty works with government and industry on fisheries reform and sits on various technical committees focused on wild salmon and killer whale conservation.

Dr. Peter S. Ross: Vice-President of Research at Ocean Wise
Peter currently oversees eight research programs at Ocean Wise that deliver conservation science to the international community. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. He served as a Research Scientist with the Canadian government between 1996 and 2013. He is an international authority in the area of ocean pollution, having published over 150 scientific articles, with a focus on the source, transport, fate and effects of priority pollutants. He discovered the region’s killer whales to be the most ‘contaminated marine mammals in the world’ in a groundbreaking study in the year 2000, and more recently reported on the widespread distribution of microplastics in the NE Pacific Ocean.

Michael Jasny: Director of Marine Mammal Protection, Natural Resources Defence Council
Michael is a widely published expert on the law and policy of ocean noise pollution. For over ten years, he has directed high-profile litigation, lobbying efforts, science-based policy development, and public advocacy to improve the regulation of this emergent global problem. His work also focuses on securing protection for endangered marine mammals and their habitat, opposing development projects that threaten marine mammals off the U.S. and Canadian coastlines, and improving management of fisheries, whale-watching tourism, and other sectors that impact these vulnerable species.

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