Southern Resident Killer Whales and Fisheries Interaction Workgroup

NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region has reinitiated consultation under the Endangered Species Act to reconsider impacts of the ocean salmon fishery on the endangered Southern Resident killer whales. The existing NOAA Fisheries consultation on the fishery impacts to the Southern Residents was conducted in 2009, and while the current fisheries are in compliance with the Endangered Species Act, substantial new data has recently become available about the importance of Chinook salmon as prey for the Southern Residents. Therefore, the agency is working closely with the Pacific Fishery Management Council to reconsider the impacts and inform a new consultation.