Stop the Darting!

The Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) calls for an immediate moratorium on NOAA Fisheries' dart-tagging of endangered Southern Resident orcas following death of L95, or Nigel (above), a critical breeding age member of the population. Scientists are concerned that invasive dart-tagging in February of this year may have contributed to his death. Photo: Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research.

“We don’t know yet if this dart-tagging had anything to do with L95’s death, but it certainly didn’t help,” Michael Harris, PWWA executive director, said in the release. “It’s also not needed. It follows a long pattern we’ve seen from NOAA Fisheries, this eagerness to go out and collect mountains of data and then never get around to analyzing it.”

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