Monday, January 10, 2011

Orca Decision Could Help BC Salmon

Last month in a landmark decision a Canadian Federal court ruled that DFO had failed to adequately protect critical habitat for resident Orca Whales which are listed under the species at risk act. Among the concerns of the court was the failure to ensure the availability of adequate numbers of salmon, the primary food source for resident whales. The decision is significant because it recognizes the fact that without improvements throughout the Georgia Basin ecosytem Orca whales cannot recover and could give DFO a more broad mandate to recover diminished populations of wild salmon, particularly chinook. More information at the Georgia Strait Alliance:

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