There are 32 whale watching companies based in Victoria, and operating in the Salish Sea. But the entire industry may be in for a dramatic change. That’s because Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s Orca Task Force is recommending a three-to-five year moratorium on all commercial whale watching. That’s to protect the remaining 74 southern resident killer whales. Chris Genovali is the executive director of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and said they are happy with the recommendation.
“It’s gotten to a point, where if we are not willing to take the necessary measures, we’re not going to have this population of whales at some point. And that would be a tragic loss for everyone,” Genovali said.