No More Experiments on Orcas!
Sep 10, 2019 —
Continuing from 2018, on September 4th the US Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) and the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) began a three week project to attach instrument packs with suction cups on the endangered Southern Residents Killer Whales (SRKW). Even though vessel noise is already a known threat more government money is being wasted to measure more noise levels. It is redundant and will not provide immediate solutions and protections that the orcas desperately need!
Further, on September10th the NWFSC will continue ongoing health assessments of the SRKWs for over 2 weeks. This will include collecting fecal and breath samples as they get way too close to the orcas. Similar work will be done on transient killer whales and humpback whales.
These types of experiments have been conducted for over 10 years and did not save the now endangered SRKWs facing extinction! These close vessel approaches can cause extreme stress, interfere with foraging and interrupt the lives of these endangered orcas.
It is possible that excessive research has caused more harm than good with the known threats such as the continuous vessel following. Also, in 2016 NOAA researchers accidentally killed one orca from the endangered L pod when the orca was infected from using a satellite tracking dart. The numerous unsafe, unnecessary experiments must end.
What orcas need is food, major decreases in research vessel noise and pollution free homes! Let Them Live In Peace!
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