Save Salmon to Save Orcas
Our salmon and orcas are at a crossroads. The Salish Sea’s southern resident killer whale population is headed for extinction and recovering our region’s salmon–a critical food source for whales–may be the only way to save these Northwest icons.
“Our orcas need Chinook salmon to survive. If salmon numbers don’t improve, the whales will be in serious trouble. We could lose them forever.” –Ken Balcomb, Executive Director, Center for Whale Research
Southern resident killer whales depend on Salish Sea salmon for their very subsistence. But, over the past 30 years, the survival of Chinook, coho and steelhead in the combined marine waters of Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia has declined tenfold, while populations in other regions have not experienced the same fate. This major decline has occurred despite significant investments in hatchery and harvest reform and in habitat protection and restoration. Salish Sea salmon stocks–and the orca whales that count on them–are now in serious jeopardy.
Long Live the Kings is working hard to recover salmon and orcas before it’s too late. We need your help.
When you make a contribution to help Long Live the Kings rebuild salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest, advance the science and management tools to ensure improved marine survival, and coordinate the diverse stakeholders whose collaborative efforts will be essential to achieving long-term salmon recovery, you are investing in the future health and resilience of beloved orca whales. Please make your tax-deductible donation to support salmon and orca recovery today.To save our #Orca whales, we must save their favorite food: #salmon! Support @Longlivekings salmon recovery programs now. Click To Tweet
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