Canada’s Pacific Coast Killer Whales Still at Risk

The following article was reported by Reuters

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) – Canada’s killer whale
population on the Pacific Coast remains at risk of extinction as its
main food source continues to decline, a government panel said on
Monday.

The resident killer whales living along the U.S. border south of
Vancouver Island are considered endangered and the population that has
dropped to 48 adult animals is expected to decline further, the panel
said.

A separate group of resident killer whales found on the northern end
of Vancouver Island is doing slightly better, but they are also
considered threatened, according the Committee on the Status of
Endangered Wildlife
.

The panel responsible for tracking the status of wildlife across
Canada gave the whales the same designations when it last reviewed
their condition in 2001.

The whales. also known as orcas, have suffered because of declining
stocks of chinook salmon, their principal prey, as well as pollution
and acoustical disturbance in the busy waterways.

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUKTRE4B109820081202

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For more information on salmon issues on the B.C coastline, go to:
September is Salmon Month in Vancouver!’
http://thegreenpages.ca/portal/bc/2008/09/september_is_salmon_month_in_v.html

For more information on the potential impact of oil tankers on marine life in and wildlife on the B.C. coast, go to:

Oil Tankers Still a Potential Threat to B.C. Coastline‘ (September 23, 2008)
http://thegreenpages.ca/portal/bc/2008/09/oil_tankers_still_a_potential.html

Video Series: Threat of Tar Sands Tankers to B.C. Coastline‘ (January 12, 2009)
http://thegreenpages.ca/portal/bc/2009/01/video_series_threat_of_tar_san.html

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