Voluntary No-Go Zone

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West and south shores of San Juan Island from Mitchell Bay to Cattle Point.

Background: In December 2020, the Fish and Wildlife Commission approved new rules for commercial viewing of Southern Resident killer whales that formally establish a ‘no-go’ zone on the west side of San Juan Island for motorized commercial whale watching vessels with a 100-yard corridor along the shore for commercial kayak tours. This zone remains in effect year-round regardless of SRKW presence and is voluntary for vessels not engaging in commercial whale watching operations.