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Port gathers diverse maritime interests to protect endangered orcas by reducing ship noise | Westside Seattle Skip to main content Secondary links Subscribe Advertise Contact Us Search Westside Seattle if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } NewsBallardHighlineWest SeattleFeaturesBallardHighlineWest SeattleSportsBallardHighlineWest SeattleOpinionCalendarBallardHighlineWest SeattleArts & EntertainmentBallardHighlineWest SeattleObitsBallardHighlineWest SeattleEatBallardHighlineWest SeattleTrafficBallardWest SeattleMoneyPrint Edition Recent Articles Save the Showbox ends badly Burien Art Market set for Nov. 16 Paint a landscape at the national Nordic Museum in Ballard Bring on the flavors of fall Port gathers diverse maritime interests to protect endangered orcas by reducing ship noise From Puget Sound creatures to climate change if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } Trending Save the Showbox ends badly Burien Art Market set for Nov. 16 Paint a landscape at the national Nordic Museum in Ballard Bring on the flavors of fall Port gathers diverse maritime interests to protect endangered orcas by reducing ship noise From Puget Sound creatures to climate change Port gathers diverse maritime interests to protect endangered orcas by reducing ship noise Port gathers diverse maritime interests to protect endangered orcas by reducing ship noise if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } Underwater noise can be harmful to Southern Resident orcas because it impedes their ability to use sonar to hunt prey and communicate. Step are being taken to protect them. Mon, 10/21/2019 The Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, Northwest Seaport Alliance, Washington State Ferries, NOAA, and the Puget Sound Partnership co-convened a workshop of a broad range of experts and interests to identify ways to reduce underwater noise in an effort to support a recovery of the endangered population of Southern Resident killer whales. Underwater noise can be harmful to Southern Resident orcas because it impedes their ability to use sonar to hunt prey and communicate. The workshop was held at the Bell Harbor Conference Center on Thursday, October 3 and was attended by state, federal, tribal and Canadian government representatives, researchers, natural resource agencies, whale conservation groups and representatives of the maritime industry. The goal of the workshop was to explore the possibility of establishing a program to reduce the exposure of our endangered orca to ship noise such as ECHO established by the Port of Vancouver, BC. Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman, a champion of the cause, speaks to attendees at the workshop, October 3, 2019.  “It was heartening to have such a broad range of expertise in the same room committed to tackling the critical issue of orca survival in the Salish Sea,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner and Northwest Seaport Alliance Managing Member, Fred Felleman, who studied killer whales in graduate school and championed the workshop. “As we know from the study of cooperative hunters such as wolves, lions, and orcas, we can accomplish great things when we work together, and the recovery of our iconic orca hinges on our collaboration.” Ballard News Tribune Highline Times Robinson Papers West Seattle Herald Add new comment Your name Comment About text formats CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. 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