Is time running out for southern resident killer whales?

Delta Nature welcomes research biologist Misty MacDuffee who will present Southern Resident Killer Whales: Is their time running out?

The free presentation will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Benediction Lutheran Church in Tsawwassen.

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MacDuffee leads the Wild Salmon Program for the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Her current work focuses on juvenile chinook salmon in the Fraser River estuary and identifying estuary restoration objectives.

She also works with a science team addressing the implications of declining chinook abundance and fisheries management on southern resident killer whales.

A 2017 study found that chinook salmon was the most important factor affecting population growth in southern resident killer whales, but reduced ability to successfully catch salmon due to vessel presence, and contaminant burden, all combine to inhibit recovery.

The presentation will discuss fisheries and vessel management strategies needed for killer whale recovery. It will look at initiatives underway by the federal government and whether they will be enough.

For more information on the event, contact Delta Nature president Tom Bearss at tom.bearss@dccnet.com.

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