The Southern Resident killer whale has been listed as endangered since 2005, and today only 78 animals remain in the Pacific Northwest. Human activity and a sharp decrease in populations of Chinook salmon, the whale’s main food source, continue to hinder its recovery.
In response, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, SeaWorld, Shell, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration partnered to create the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program, a public-private partnership to aid in the recovery of this iconic species. By funding projects that address salmon research, and monitoring of killer whale health and habitat restoration, the partnership seeks to increase the killer whale population off the coast of Washington state. Learn more: nfwf.org/killerwhales/Pages/Home.aspx