Orca Regulations Communications Advisory Group

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Prompted by Senate Bill 5371, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is convening the Orca Regulations Communications Advisory (ORCA) Group in 2023 to inform the developmentĀ of outreach and education strategies designed to support public awareness and compliance with the mandatory 1,000-yard vessel buffer around endangered Southern Resident killer whales. This buffer will go into effect in January 2025.

The advisory group will include representatives from the recreational boating, commercial whale watching, and commercial fishing industries, as well as ports and marinas, government entities, nongovernmental organizations, tribes, and researchers. The group will meet beginning in fall 2023 and will sunset in summer 2025.

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