ECHO Program triggered on June 1st

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On June 1, all three of the ECHO Program’s voluntary initiatives took effect – these include the ship slowdown trial at Swiftsure Bank; the slowdown in Haro Strait and Boundary Pass; and a lateral displacement for tugs in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Southern resident killer whales have consistently been sighted foraging with a new female calf in Haro Strait ​and Boundary Pass over the past weeks. The presence of the whales has been confirmed by trusted visual observers and hydrophones in the area. With a young calf among the J-Pod this year, collective voluntary efforts to reduce underwater noise in these key areas of southern resident killer whale critical habitat are particularly important, as southern resident killer whales are known to be especially vulnerable in the first year of their lives.

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