Effects of Salmon Fisheries on Southern Resident Killer Whales
Southern Resident killer whales are listed as endangered under both the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Canada's Species at Risk Act (SARA). New scientific information and analyses about the Southern Resident population and the extent of their reliance on salmon - particularly large Chinook salmon - strongly suggest that Chinook abundance is very important to survival and recovery of Southern Residents. This relationship has potentially serious implications for salmon fisheries and other activities that affect the abundance of Chinook salmon.
We want to review information in a transparent and scientifically rigorous manner. We believe we can best accomplish this in a joint effort with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in a process that engages scientists with a broad range of scientific specialties.
Jan. 26, 2011: Letter to co-managers 1.5MB
Feb. 2, 2011: Media advisory
May 27, 2011: Puget Sound Chinook harvest biological opinion (links to PCTS)
July 28, 2011: Description of workshop process & list of panel members 141kb
Science Panel Documents
Nov. 22, 2011: Documents from Science Panel following Workshop 1
May 1, 2012: Feedback & Panel Questions & Responses following Workshop 2
May 3, 2012: Draft Science Panel Report 1.5MB
Aug. 1, 2012: Comments received on Draft Science Panel Report
Aug. 22, 2012: DFO & NOAA letter to members of Independent Science Panel 27kb
Nov. 30, 2012: We released the Independent Science Panel's final report: