Feds Will Expand Habitat Protections for Endangered Killer Whales on West Coast

DECLINING SALMON POPULATIONS, POLLUTION, OCEAN NOISE THREATEN ICONIC SPECIES OFF COASTS OF WASHINGTON, OREGON, CALIFORNIA

February 23, 2015

SEATTLE— The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that it intends to expand critical habitat protections along the West Coast for endangered “Southern Resident” killer whales. The finding, which says a decision will be made in 2017, comes in response to apetition by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the whales’ winter foraging range off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.  Read more…