Orcas in danger of extinction, but recovery is possible

A pod of orcas with their backs and tail fins visible in blue ocean raising misty spray while the forested shore is visible behind.

Photo by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For over 10 years, Raincoast has been using science, public education and the courts to try and protect Canada’s endangered population of salmon-eating Southern Resident killer whales. With their salmon stocks in decline, and a noisy and polluted ocean, they face extinction under existing conditions.⠀

Raincoast’s population viability assessment and those conducted by government scientists indicate that the population faces a 25% to 49% risk of extinction (respectively) in the next 100 years if these threats aren’t reduced.⠀

The good news is that our research indicates that recovery is possible if these conditions are reversed.⠀

Photo by U.S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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