Protect Food Source of Endangered Whales


Target: Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Goal: Add additional fishing restrictions to preserve Orca food source.

Southern Resident Orca whales represent the smallest of four resident communities, making them an endangered population within their own species. They primarily feed on Chinook salmon, but intensive fishing is depleting this food source, making it hard for this protected species to repopulate and flourish. Add additional protections to the Chinook salmon to ensure a future for these whales.

In December, four baby whales were born within the Southern Resident population of Orcas. This particular group had not had a new birth in a couple of years. Animal populations grow and reproduce more frequently when there are adequate resources at their disposal. It can be particularly hard on whale families when there isn’t enough food for the pregnant mother or her growing babies.

The last fishing restrictions imposed on the Chinook salmon were minimal and not enough for the 80-plus whales that live in the area. Much more is needed in order to ensure that this Orca population is given every chance to thrive and not become extinct.

Sign this petition to encourage more restrictions on Chinook salmon fishing and ensure the Southern Resident Orca whales have a reliable source of food.


Dear Gail Shea,

The Southern Resident Orca population is already endangered, and having an adequate food source is imperative in the species’ survival in that region. That is why it will take more fishing restrictions on the Chinook salmon, the main food source for the whales.

The restrictions already placed are a good step, but more needs to be done to better serve these animals.

Four new whales have recently been born in the Southern Resident Orca population and it can be dangerous for a growing population to share an overtapped resource. How can we encourage these whales to reproduce and flourish if we are eating from their main source of food? It is difficult for a population of any animal to survive when there is a strain on basic needs.

Allowing the salmon population to recover is good for the whales, but it is also good for the ecosystem. I know that fisherman depend on these fish, but if the entire population is depleted, then we all stand to lose a lot, and the Orcas may lose their lives.

Please take further steps in protecting the Chinook salmon population for the sake of the local endangered whales.


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