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The Case For Salmon Restoration

J39 Chasing a Salmon during an encounter in March, 2017-Photo by Dave Ellifrit The federal government has stated, “Perhaps the greatest change in food availability for resident killer whales since the late 1800s has been the decline of salmon in the Columbia River basin.” The Southern Residents currently find themselves in an extremely dire situation due to a number of outside factors. But none has proven to be a greater threat to the continuation of the species than that of a drastic decline in salmon availability. The situation in which the whales now find themselves is equal to that of burning a candle from both ends. As their primary prey continues to decrease, toxin levels stored in the

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