With only 75 individuals, the Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) are critically endangered and face imminent threats to their survival. The major threats to these orcas of the Salish Sea are decreased availability of prey (mainly salmon), pollution and chemical contaminants, and effects from vessel traffic and vessel noise.
The Government of Canada has recognized that the SRKW population is a vital component of the local marine ecosystem and has cultural significance for Indigenous peoples and coastal communities in British Columbia. On May 10, 2019, the Government of Canada announced 2019 SRKW recovery measures, which are outlined in the following pamphlet and poster:
To request printed copies to share in your community, contact TC.SRKW-ERS.TC@tc.gc.ca.
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For more information on the 2019 measures, see these from the Government of Canada: