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Orcas in Puget Sound

The Latest On: Orcas in Puget Sound

August 6, 2013 | In the News: Los Angeles Times

Federal agency denies petition to delist Pacific Northwest orcas

Federal officials maintained critical protections for several pods of West Coast orcas when they denied a petition by San Joaquin Valley farmers to remove the whales from the endangered species list. The grower groups are fighting the listing because orca protections have resulted in environmental restrictions on Sacramento-San Joaquin delta water operations; Chinook salmon, which are harmed by pumping on the delta, are the orcas’ primary food source.

November 28, 2012 | Blog Post

Resident Orcas Attacked By Anti-Environment Group

A far right anti-environmental group based in Sacramento, California is trying to get federal Endangered Species Act protections removed from a small extended west coast family group of killer whales.

November 21, 2011 | Blog Post

Stormy Waters: Earthjustice’s Patti Goldman on Orcas

This is the second in a series of Q and As on Earthjustice’s oceans work, which works to prevent habitat loss and overfishing as well as reduce the impacts of climate change on the ocean. In early 2000, Patti Goldman, Earthjustice’s VP of Litigation, spearheaded efforts to protect the Puget Sound’s threatened orca whale population. Learn more at