To: NMFS, Northwest Region, Protected Resources Division

Protect Northwest Orcas

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I support continued protections for southern resident killer whales under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Removing ESA protections that the orcas vitally need not only threatens the survival of this fragile population, it would needlessly disrupt and undermine recovery efforts that demand more -- not less -- attention.

Why is this important?

The critically endangered population of Pacific Northwest orcas has been reduced to only 84 individuals. Now, they face a new threat from anti-environmental groups seeking to strip away their Endangered Species Act protections.

Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service that this unique population deserves full protection under the law.

These unique marine mammals have been decimated by the decline of salmon—their primary prey—and by toxic pollution and habitat degradation from shipping, sonar and other human activities. They need more, not less, protection.

Please voice your support for continuing vital protections for the Pacific Northwest's irreplaceable killer whales.