Group calls for mora­to­rium on boat tours of en­dan­gered or­cas

Medicine Hat News - - TRAVEL -

SEAT­TLE A Wash­ing­ton state task force on crit­i­cally en­dan­gered North­west or­cas wants to tem­po­rar­ily sus­pend whale-watch­ing boat tours fo­cused on those whales.

The group ad­vis­ing the gover­nor voted Tues­day to rec­om­mend a three- to five-year mora­to­rium on view­ing south­ern res­i­dent killer whales by all boats in Puget Sound.

Dis­tur­bances from boats can in­ter­fere with the whale’s abil­ity to find food or com­mu­ni­cate. The whales also suf­fer from lack of salmon and con­tam­i­na­tions. There are just 74 an­i­mals.

The pro­posed mora­to­rium would not ap­ply to boats view­ing other whales in the re­gion, in­clud­ing grey or tran­sient whales.

Crit­ics say the move doesn’t ad­dress their dwin­dling food sup­ply, and that barge and com­mer­cial fish­ing boats are far louder.

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