Orca Action Alert
Learn What You Can Do To Help The Orcas
In The Pacific Northwest
Aloha Dear Friends of the Cetaceans,
I recently returned from the pristine Pacific Northwest from a visit with the Orcas,
porpoise, eagles, seals, local environmentalists and marine scientists.
Over the years the fishing industry has been over fishing this area that has been home to the Orcas
for centuries. The resident Orca pods rely on the salmon in this area as their main food source.
Up until the recent past, visitors and locals (including scientists, indigenous tribes) have enjoyed
observing the Orcas hunt, feed and laze around after a good feed right next to the shoreline of the
area’s islands. This behavior made counting and logging the Orcas easy and more accurate than studies
of any of the other cetaceans.
During my observation of the Orcas, I noticed a couple huge changes to the Orcas’ hunting patterns.
1. The Orcas were traveling outside of their home territory to locate the salmon. They began this new
behavior to get to the salmon before the fishing boats could. They were able to feed, but the energy
it took the pods to travel out to sea and back took more energy than that feed provided.
2. One of the local pods was seen far from their home territory in Monterey Bay hunting seals.
This is a behavior of the “transient” Orcas, rather than the local Pacific Northwest pods.
This pod returned to their home territory a couple months later leaving behind Monterey beaches
stroon with seal and sea lion caucuses.
Over the past several years marine biologists who watch and track individuals in these pods noticed
a decline in their numbers year. Each year more family members went missing.
The main reason for this decline in population has been due to over fishing this area.
In 2006 the Orcas were included on the national endangered species list.
Light fishing limits were imposed upon all who fish salmon as well as other fish on the Orcas’ menu.
This infuriated the commercial fishermen, many of who took it out on the Orcas by harassing them,
even shooting at them. Many more Orcas have gone missing in the aftermath.
The other reason for decline population of Orcas is pollution including waste run off.
Plus there was an oil spill August, 2007 in a “protected” marine sanctuary.
I am asking you all for three things:
1. To boycott all salmon products including cat food …the Orcas need salmon, we have other options.
2. To stay informed about what is going on in our waters, be it oceans, rivers, lakes and streams.
An excellent resource for this is http://www.earthisland.org
3. Take action. Pass this email onto your email lists. Join a letter writing campaign to the following people:
governor of the state of Washington:
Mail or fax:
Governor Chris Gregoire
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
Fax: (360) 753-4110
NMFS (National Marine Fisheries)
Christopher M. Moore
Tel: 301-713-2334 x171
State/Federal Fisheries Team Tom Meyer
Tel: 301-713-2334 x173
Chief – Recreational Fishing Team and Environmental Liaison Michael Kelly
Tel: 301- 713-2379 x204
Fax: 301- 713-2384
Please include this or your letter to your local and national representatives: find by going to:
Also, send a letter off to those running for president of the U.S. asking them to make this a topic
in their speeches…and anyone else you can think of to get people talking and taking action. And let’s
include major hotels, resorts, super market chains including Costco, etc.
Thank you so much for your support.
Mahalo and Blessings of Aloha,
I am quite concerned about the declining Orca populations in the Pacific Northwest.
Please put the issue of over fishing and ongoing risk by pollution at the top of your list of priorities.
Since 1951, 30% of the world’s fish stocks have been over fished! Adopt a proven method of protecting
marine habitat by sanctioning off protected areas from fishing of any kind. This will allow the balance
between predators and prey to return, from the top to the bottom of the food chain. Please reference
National Geographic Magazine, April, 2007 issue, feature article, “Global Fish Crisis”. In this article,
the research spells out the dangers of continuing the over fishing. Further information in this article
clearly proves that creating marine reserves is a win-win for all, including the fishing industries.
Please be part of the solution to this dangerous trend of over fishing, NOW.
Regarding mixing waste into open waters:
Close the loopholes in federal and state water pollution regulations that allow millions of gallons of
polluted wastes to be dumped into public waters every day.
Many of these polluted waste streams are "legally permitted" through the application of discretionary
"implementation policies": rules that allow regulators to modify or circumvent the normal restrictions
(Water Quality Standards) on waste dumping intended to protect public health and the aquatic environment.
Examples of these administrative loopholes, e.g., mixing zones, zones of deposit, and site-specific criteria.
Let us work together to ensure that the Clean Water Act is properly administered in the waters in our country
and serve as an example to the rest of the world.
Thank you for taking this matter seriously and taking the next steps toward allowing our marine and inland waters
to replenish and return to clean and healthy environments.