Federal Court of Appeal ruled in favour of protecting BC’s endangered southern resident killer whale population. This decision has a direct impact on activities near Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. Once the ruling is enshrined by law, this would mean: “protecting chinook salmon, the whales’ main food source, reducing underwater noise from boats, industrial and military activity and cleaning up toxic contamination in the whales’ home ecosystem.”
The ruling has raised questions about the impact this may have on chinook sports fishing, and how this decision may affect ferry traffic between the islands and the mainland.
On the other hand, cleaning up the pollution in the area will not only benefit the resident orcas; it will have positive impacts for other marine life in the area as well.
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