Population of Southern Resident Orcas Continues to Decline

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Andrea Smith
The Tyee

The upcoming Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would increase tanker traffic sevenfold and increase the threat to killer whales, which are endangered. Only 74 southern resident killer whales remain in the water off the Pacific Coast. In 1996, there were 97. Previously, the government announced five-year, $167.4 million initiative to improve prey availability and reduce disturbances to the whales. The government has recently announced another $61.5 million in funding will be alloted to protect killer whales and their environment. 

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