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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:16 am    Post subject: Orca in PNW Reply with quote

https://q13fox.com/2018/08/07/starving-orca-j50-finally-spotted-alive-emergency-action-could-start-wednesday/

https://q13fox.com/2018/07/31/pathogens-found-in-starving-orcas-fecal-samples-no-update-on-dead-calf/?utm_source=related_1

https://q13fox.com/2018/08/08/orca-mother-still-carrying-dead-calf-marking-16th-day-of-tour-of-grief/

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDFYFmLchF0
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least J 50 is in the right area for Chinook. Fished Swiftsure Bank July 23-25 and there were salmon all over the area from surface to the bottom. Tons of bait, krill and humpback whales. If they can inject some meds and feed some live salmon and stay in the area to feed then that is the best scenario. Great to see everyone pitching in to help out. If we can all work together on salmon enhancement that would be great, too.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the recommendations from the "Orca Task Force" in WA State. There are others, but I cut/pasted the boating related ones that would either directly or indirectly affect rec boating in the PNW. They are "seeking public comment" but call me a skeptic; they'll do whatever they damned well please.

Some of these are simply another money-grab; e.g. $10 annually for a "Be Whale Wise certification". Some are just more rules, which will allow fines, which is, of course, "revenue".

No mention of controlling the population of pinnipeds in the Salish Sea.

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Goal 2: Decrease disturbance of orcas from vessels and noise and increase orcas’ access to prey
Reduce noise from small vessels operating near Southern Resident orcas
Recommendation 17: Establish a statewide “Go-slow” bubble for small vessels and commercial whale watching vessels within half a nautical mile of orcas.
• Enact legislation in 2019 creating a half-mile “go-slow” zone, defined as speeds of 7 knots over ground or less.
• Provide for discretion in enforcement and public outreach and education as needed.
• Encourage coordination between Washington State, federal and Canadian authorities to align regulations.

Recommendation 19: Require an annual “Be Whale Wise” certification for all recreational boaters on the inland marine waters and ensure that all boaters are educated on how to limit boating impacts to orcas.
• Create a $10 marine endorsement called a Be Whale Wise certification which would be required annually for all boats on the inland marine waters.
• Provide education on Be Whale Wise guidelines, voluntary and regulatory measures, and other information at the time that the marine endorsement is purchased, so that every boater has this basic information.
• Direct the resulting revenue to WDFW’s new Marine Enforcement Division and to partners doing outreach and education.
• Work with trade associations and ports and through existing government programs and channels to provide additional education to commercial and recreational boaters.

Recommendation 20: Increase enforcement capacity and fully enforce regulations on small vessels to provide protection to Southern Residents.
• Create a WDFW Marine Enforcement Division with four additional officer positions at WDFW focused on protection and enforcement in Puget Sound.

Reduce noise from the use of echo sounders near orcas
Recommendation 21: Discourage the use of echo sounders and underwater transducers within one kilometer of orcas.
• Establish a “standard of care” for small vessel operators limiting the use of echo sounders and other underwater transducers within a half nautical mile of Southern Resident orcas. Implement as a voluntary measure and provide exceptions for safe navigation.
• Conduct education and outreach.
• Consider phasing in mandatory equipment requirements and regulations.

Recommendation 26: Revise RCW 77.15.740 to increase the buffer to 400 yards behind the orcas.
• The guidelines of the Pacific Whale Watch Association include this voluntary standard.
• By limiting the distance at which vessels can approach from behind (and their speed), the intent is to decrease the occurrence of chase-like situations that are likely to induce energetically costly switches in Southern Resident orcas’ behavior.

Recommendation 28: Establish a whale protection zone to reduce disturbance to foraging orcas.
• Establish a go-slow zone for all vessels on the west side of San Juan Island from Cattle Point to Pile Point, within ¼ mile of shore, with a speed limit of 7 knots over ground.
• Establish a no-go whale protection zone for commercial whale watching vessels, recreational vessels, and commercial kayak groups on the west side of San Juan Island from Pile Point to Mitchell Bay, within ¼ mile of shore. Allow vessels to transect the no-go zone to exit from shore.


https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/Draft_recommendations_OrcaTaskForce_10-24-18.pdf
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another grab by the state, encouraged by some residents on the west side of SJI (who think all boats should be banned in that area). The commercial whale watch boats already have guidelines set up years ago by their professional association that keep boats 1/4 from shore in the Pile Point to Mitchell Bay area, 1/2 mile away in the Lime Kiln Lighthouse area. Ditto with the "7 knots within a half mile of Orcas." The company I worked for had a "no depth sounders around the Orcas" policy years ago. The commercial operators are respectful around the Orcas (with the exception of the occasional yahoo from an unnamed country north of the US). Some recreational boaters take their cues from the commercial operators; many don't. It was a daily occurrence seeing recreational boaters run right up on the whales... there are already "whale zone" posters in all the marinas in the area - a $10 charge isn't going to teach stupid people.

There have been boats and Orcas coexisting for decades with no impact to the Orcas. These poor mammals are slowly starving and there is a valid concern for stress imposed by "close encounters" (of the intentional kind). Contrary to some thought, the Southern Resident Killer Whales don't "hang out" on the west side of San Juan Island. If salmon are being pushed towards the Eagle Point area, they will feed and continue to move with their food source... generally north then east, then north again to the Frasier River. They move, on average, 70 to 100 miles per day.

Any imposed restrictions for boaters on the west side of SJI is less about the Orcas and more about misguided thoughts to have boats not "spoiling the view."

Sadly, the SRKW population is also plagued with toxins, which compounds the lack of food supply issue.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And then there are the st#*p/@d people who think taking out the Snake River dams will help save the whales. That will work.... until half of California runs out of electricity, but oh well.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hardee wrote:
And then there are the st#*p/@d people who think taking out the Snake River dams will help save the whales. That will work.... until half of California runs out of electricity, but oh well.

Harvey
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Harvey, that is covered too.

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Draft recommendation for discussion on Nov. 6th:
Recommendation 9: Determine whether removal of Lower Snake River Dams would provide benefits to Southern Resident orcas commensurate with the associated costs, and implementation considerations.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The exact text of the recommendation recommends a “regulation that precludes Southern resident Orca viewing byall boats in Puget Sound for the next three to five years.” It would apply to both recreational and commercial vehicles. After that three to five year window, a report would then be filed to the governor and Legislature to determine the effectiveness of the suspension.


http://mynorthwest.com/1174762/orca-task-force-recommendations-whale-watching/

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“This report is just the first step,” said Ranker. “Our work is not finished, it has just begun.


Oh, I believe him. He and his ilk won't be satisfied until they can control ALL boating in the Puget Sound.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ON the news last night, There is a new baby Orca in the Southern Resident Pod.

Unrelated, but I was crossing the Tacoma Narrows bridge southbound, Monday around noon-ish and I saw a huge splash down on the water. Then I saw a spout, and another one. Hard to tell from the bridge deck height but it looked like Orca although from that height I could not identify any fins. Didn't see flukes or backs.

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