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By Brian Soergel

Suit calls for protection zone as more orcas die

Edmonds's Puget Sound Express cites decreasing salmon as main issue


Last updated 8/28/2019 at 10:53am

Puget Sound Express

Puget Sound Express recently captured a picture of this member of the transient orca pod known as the T137 group.

Whale-watching groups, including one that departs from Edmonds, are once again defending their practices this week after conservation groups sued the Trump administration Aug. 19 for ignoring a 2016 legal petition to protect critically endangered southern resident orcas in their prime Salish Sea habitats.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington state by the Center for Biological Diversity and Orca Relief Citizens' Alliance (ORCA), follows news that three more of the starving orcas are presumed dead, dropping their population to just 73.

The National Marine Fisheries Serv...

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