2019: Orca recovery bills passed

The Legislature passed a package of four major bills that address several needs facing Southern Resident orca recovery and survival. The bills protect salmon and forage fish habitat, prevent oil spills in Puget Sound waters, reduce vessel noise and disturbance, and reduce sources of toxic pollution. This package represents recommendations put forward by Governor Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force last November that brought together experts and advocates from across the state to find solutions to save resident orcas and restore Salish Sea.