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Orcas Get Some More Protection!
posted on June 25, 2018

Orcas Get Some More Protection!

After decades of fighting for increased boat distances and government enforcement in Canada some of it will happen. At least all orcas will be given more protection with 200 meter boat distances not just the Southern Residents. They are all threatened! Years ago the US agreed to boat distances of up to 400 yards and increased government enforcement with a “Whale Cop”.

About Orcas
Fish Eating Southern Resident Community number only 75.
Fish Eating Northern Resident Community number approximately only 290.
Mammal eating Transients number approximately only 250.
Offshore orcas are less than 300.

“Canada’s new Marine Mammals Regulations must protect all orcas, belugas and whales.” stated Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce Founder, “The government recognizes the need to protect the 800 endangered St. Lawrence River belugas by increasing boat distances to 200 meters it must increase the distance between vessels and all orcas. The US government have improved their orca protection by increasing the allowable distances to up to 400 meters. Companies and researchers must not be exempt from 200 meters and back to 100 meters when watching Transients. If whale watch boats are properly shut down at 200 meters and if these orcas approach it would not be a violation (of course all boaters must move out of their pathways). Orcas must not be studied to death by cumulative experiments. Modern technology for any necessary, limited humane experiments eliminate any need for close approaches. Invasive procedures, such as tracking devices, must not continue.”

“Humpbacks also need increased protection. So far in 2018 one Humpback has been severely cut by a propeller and three other incidents involve boat collisions and/or violations in British Columbia,” added Hamilton.

The Ministers should also recommend an Emergency Order under the Species at Risk Act. This is what Lifeforce and over 140,000 people who signed our petitions have asked them to do!

Lifeforce have been fighting to save them from extinction since 1993 and when new Canadian regulations were first proposed in 2004. You can contribute to protecting these orcas through making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through Paypal. Go to Paypal.

Thank you!
Peter Hamilton
Lifeforce Founder