Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published November 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM | Page modified November 26, 2012 at 10:58 AM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

NOAA to review endangered status of orcas

The federal government is reviewing whether Puget Sound orcas should keep its endangered status.

The Associated Press

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
No comments have been posted to this article.
Start the conversation >

advertising

SEATTLE —

The federal government is reviewing whether Puget Sound orcas should keep its endangered status.

NOAA Fisheries said Monday the review was prompted by a petition from the California-based Pacific Legal Foundation seeking to delist the killer whales. The petition asserts that orcas aren't in danger of becoming extinct because they're part of a larger population of thriving whales.

NOAA listed southern resident killer whales as endangered in 2005. The orcas frequent Washington's Puget Sound. They also spend time in the open ocean. There are currently 86.

The agency has a year to decide whether it should delist the orcas. It says accepting the petition does not suggest a proposal to delist will follow.

The petition was filed in August on behalf of two California farms and the Center for Environmental Science Accuracy and Reliability.

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon


Advertising