~ North of Falcon ~
Orca scientists, educators, and advocates have been attending North of Falcon meetings all over Washington State this winter and spring to learn about the process, build relationships, and speak on behalf of the Southern resident orcas. We are now asking for your help.
About North of Falcon:
Each year state, federal and tribal fishery managers gather to plan the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. This series of meetings – involving representatives from federal, state and tribal governments and recreational and commercial fishing industries – is known as the North of Falcon process. This process is folded into the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which oversees fishing in the Pacific Coast region.
The North of Falcon process integrates management of ocean fisheries between Cape Falcon (on the north Oregon coast) and the Canadian border, including fisheries in the Columbia River, Puget Sound, and inland Washington coastal waters. Columbia River fisheries are a significant component of the North of Falcon process.
In this public process, there are allocation agreements reached between Oregon and Washington ocean and freshwater commercial and sport fisheries, as well as mandated allocation agreements between the states and treaty tribes
Historically the orcas have not had a seat at the table during these talks or been given a harvest allocation. With the steady decline of the Southern residents due to diminishing prey abundance, fisheries managers have become aware of the need to include the Southern residents in the dialogue. The needs of the whales have been discussed on several occasions throughout the 2019 North of Falcon process, and it is vital to ensure this conversation continues.
You can help by simply and respectfully asking that the Southern resident orcas be "given a seat at the table" and be taken into consideration when allocations and management decisions are made.
Please send your comments within the next few days, as allocations are being determined right now and will be finalised mid-April!
Comments can be emailed to NorthOfFalcon@dfw.wa.gov
Over 40 southern resident orca (all of L pod and likely some of K pod) were seen swimming in the blue waters of Monterey Bay! It’s the first time since 2011 they have been there!! Take a moment and think about that for a second, newborn L-124 at only 3 months old, just swam 1,000 miles to find salmon. Let’s all send them some good thoughts today that they are finding what they are looking for while we all make a conscious effort to make positive changes to help them out! Don’t forget to call Govenor Inslee and voice your support for breaching the Lower Four Snake River dams immediately! .
Video by FAA Drone Pilot Mike Kauffman of @monterey_bay_whale_watch with high zoom lenses and cropped significantly. 🐬
Re-mastered sound edit by @pnwprotectors
We had such a wonderful day cleaning Crosby Beach today and are so thankful for everyone that joined us!
We hope you feel inspired to get cleaning your nearest beach and find out more about looking after our oceans!
Don’t forget to check out all the awesome work @4ocean is doing all over the world!
We are continually overwhelmed with the support we receive on the documentary journey!
🏝🧽 BEACH CLEAN ALERT 🚨• • •
We are so excited to have our first beach clean approaching and really hope you can come join us!
Details ⤵️ ...
• Crosby Beach, Liverpool, L23 6SX
• March 30th, 12 - 3pm
• Clean at your own risk 🤣
• If you have gloves or litter pickers etc bring them along
• Stick around afterwards to have snacks and drinks with us!...
#beachclean#crosbybeach#plasticpollution#4ocean#searchingforchinook *Link to FB event in bio!*
You had me at Bulbous head! ・・・
After spending six weeks at sea, an international team of scientists (including the folks over at @orcatalkoz) have returned with some incredible photographs and underwater footage of the world's most elusive killer whales - type D killer whales! First discovered in the 1950s after a mass stranding event in New Zealand (photo 7), type D killer whales were first thought to be a mutated type the profound species. With their tiny eyepatches, blunt foreheads, and swept back pointed dorsal fins, type D killer whales (also known as Subantarctic orcas) are visually peculiar compared to other ecotypes (photo 8). The team came across a pod of 25-30 killer whales about 60 miles off the coast of Cape Horn, Chile, at the very tip of South America—a region notorious for the most inhospitable weather on the planet. After spending a few hours with the pod who were noted to be extremely inquisitive towards the hydrophone and underwater tow cam, the team were able to collect a large amount of data including images, video and biopsy samples. Scientists will now analyse DNA from the skin samples to determine whether type D killer whales are their own distinct species of orca, an outcome thought to be "highly likely" by Robert Pitman, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Thank you to @orcatalkoz for the incredible photographs and footage featured in this post!
Photo 7: Orca Research Trust Archives
❗️Breaking news! The option to move orcas and belugas to captive facilities is considered by the Russian government
👉🏻The statement of the public coalition “Free Russian whales”
March 5, 2019
▪️On February 20th Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with interested scientific and public organizations to determine the fate of cetaceans held captive in Srednyaya Bay and specified March 1st as a deadline.
▪️On March 4, the MNR official Alexey Titovskiy voiced, as one of the options, transferring illegally caught orcas and beluga whales to oceanariums, specifically most of the belugas to foreign ones
▪️On March 5, Deputy Prime Minister Alexey Gordeyev announced the decision to move orcas and belugas to a certain “Large marine animals keeping centre”, which will be set up in one of the bays of Russkiy Island near Vladivostok
❗️The coalition “Free Russian Whales” strongly disagrees with these proposals and does not support the decision to move whales to the as-yet-non-existent “Center” on Russkiy Island❗️
❗️Orcas and belugas kept in Srednyaya Bay were caught illegally - this is a clear and consistent position of the General Prosecutor office of the Russian Federation. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation and the Border Guard Service of the Russian Federation adhere to the same position and have filed respectively criminal and administrative cases.
❗️Any transfer or sale of illegally caught animals to oceanariums, dolphinariums and other entertainment establishments, either in Russia or abroad, are not allowed by the legislation of our country. The General Prosecutor’s Office has repeatedly emphasized this in it's official statements.
The placement of illegally caught animals to the oceanariums is not supported by Russian citizens and the wider international community. Almost 1 million people signed a petition for the release of orcas and beluga whales from the whale jail change.org/whalejail
To read more swipe right or go to our website freerussianwhales.org/en/news - link in bio @freerissianwhales.org/help