Please appoint a kayaker to the Orca Task Force.

Please appoint a kayaker to the Orca Task Force.

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Samuel Kaviar started this petition to Natural Resources / Environment - Policy Advisor JT Austin

Short version: The Orca Task is tasked with brainstorming laws regulating boats including kayaks and canoes, but non-motorized boats don't have a voice on the committee.

Why is a kayaking and non-motorized boat representative needed? 

The Orca Task Force is presented with sometimes alarmingly inaccurate information about human-powered boats and without anyone from the user group to correct the story.  No other group as effected as us lacks a representative.  The danger is that we could end up with laws that don't make sense.  The human-powered boat community is situated to be major advocates for the Orca and should be included in conversations about their future.  Differences between motorboats and human-powered craft include that human-powered boats lack motors and therefor produce  zero engine noise, emit zero hydrocarbon emissions, and operate at much lower speeds than motorboats. Yet human-powered boat users have zero ability to have an impact on the laws that effect us.

Further human-powered boat users deserve a review of the best available science to help craft protocols, when it is plain to see that we are different than motorboats.

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The Washington State Southern Resident Orca Task Force, is an ambitious government sponsored forum to bring together leaders from diverse backgrounds to discuss and strategize ways to save the Southern Resident Orca population from extinction.  Dozens of representatives sit on the task force representing interests as varied as state, federal, and tribal governments, housing developers and home owners, industrial, tribal, and recreational fishers, conservation and research organizations, universities, commercial shipping, farmers, utility companies, commercial motorized whale watching, and recreational boaters, and more.  The task force creates suggestions to be taken up by the WA state legislature, and has created bills that explicitly address and effect both commerical eco-tourism kayaking companies, and the kayaking and human-powered craft users (like canoes, SUPS, etc) in general.  Yet human-powered boat users have zero ability to have an impact on the laws that effect us.

Kayaking is increasing in popularity across the state and the nation, and has a growing economic role in the state.  It is clear that kayakers have a role to play in conserving and enhancing the Southern Resident Orcas in particular, and the marine habitats of beautiful Washington State in general.

Why is a kayaking and non-motorized boat representative needed? 

The Orca Task Force is presented with sometimes alarmingly inaccurate information about human-powered boats and without anyone from the user group to correct the story.  No other group as effected as us lacks a representative.  The danger is that we could end up with laws that don't make sense.  The human-powered boat community is situated to become even more major advocates for the Orca and should be included in conversations about their future.

 Differences between motorboats and nonmotorboats include that non-motorized boats lack motors and engine noise, fossil fuel emissions, and operate at much lower speeds than motorboats.

It's clear that the presence of someone who could speak to the needs of the non-motorized community could help shape policy to be effective for protecting wildlife, be easy to understand and follow, and sensitive to the needs of kayakers, canoeists, and other non-motorboat users.

We suggest as possible option a representative from the non-profit Washington Water Trails Association ( https://www.wwta.org/ ) or some other non-motorboat advocate to have a voice on the Southern Resident Orca Task Force.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

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