2023 Seasonal Measures for SRKW

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The Government of Canada has announced a suite of measures to support Southern Resident Killer Whale survival and recovery. Similar to previous years all vessels must stay at least 400m away from all killer whales in southern BC coastal waters between Campbell River and Ucluelet, including Barkley and Howe Sound. Interim Sanctuary Zones speed-restricted zones take effect from June 1st. Area-based closures will be in place in Southern Resident Killer Whale key foraging areas for recreational and commercial salmon fisheries in a portion of Swiftsure Bank, Strait of Juan de Fuca, southern Gulf Islands and Mouth of the Fraser River.

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