If you haven’t heard in the news yet, Southern Resident Killer Whales are on the brink of extinction.
But why you might ask?
Because their food source – wild Chinook Salmon – are in the same boat as the whales, and as their food source disappears the Killer Whales face starvation.
To solve this problem, a misguided plan has been put in place to feed the starving whales with HATCHERY SALMON, which would push both animals even closer towards extinction rather than providing a real solution. Not only would this plan fail miserably to create a lasting food source for the whales, but it would cost taxpayers MILLIONS each year!
But let’s step back for a second and dissect the problem. Why are the Chinook Salmon disappearing?
“Hatcheries and over harvest, along with net-pen fish farms and dams, are key contributors to the catastrophic decline of wild Chinook salmon and southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest.
Now, Washington state’s Orca Task Force recommendations include a plan to “feed the orcas” with 60 million more hatchery salmon per year. The proposed budget requests up to $87 million dollars to fund this plan for 10 years. Science tells us this won’t work: orcas need larger wild salmon, while adding more hatchery fish further weakens the wild-salmon gene pool.” – Patagonia
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have the power to make this change.
Tell NOAA Regional Administrator Barry Thom, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind, and our elected decision makers to stop wasting money on failed plans and invest in science-based solutions: reduce hatchery production, remove dams and change how we harvest salmon.