In the ESA listing, three main threats to their survival were identified:

Scarcity of Prey
High levels ofContaminantsfrom Pollution
Disturbancefrom Vesselsand Sound

At the end of 2010 there were only 86 whales in this small population, today there are far fewer. Their small population size and social structure also put them at risk for a catastrophic event, such as an oil spill, that could impact the entire population.

Protect Critical Habitat


Expand “Designated Critical Habitat” in-line with reality.

Protect habitat from toxins and pollutants.

Provide a quiet, un-congested, harassment-free environment.

Establish Fisheries Equality


Share the allowable catch with killer whales, the original harvesters.

Manage fisheries for the biological needs of protected killer whales, not just the needs of people and industry.

Restore Chinook Salmon


Remove Dams that block pristine habitat critical to the recovery of wild chinook salmon.

Restore and protect urban and rural streams, rivers and watersheds.

Protect the nearshore environment critical to juvenile salmon survival.

Take Action for

Endangered Killer Whales

"Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul."-Edward Abbey

Tell NW Leaders to move on from Deadbeat Dams

The four lower Snake River dams choke off hundreds of miles of wild salmon spawning habitat, important to endangered Chinook. Dam breaching can help restore these wild salmon populations, and feed endangered orcas.

Act Now

Tell NW Leaders to move on from Deadbeat Dams

The four lower Snake River dams choke off hundreds of miles of wild salmon spawning habitat, important to endangered Chinook. Dam breaching can help restore these wild salmon populations, and feed endangered orcas.

Act Now

Action Guide

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