Southern Resident Killer Whale ESA Recovery Plan Implementation - Monitoring & Research

Research is necessary to better understand the effects of potential risk factors that have been linked to periods of decline in the Southern Resident killer whales. Study results will be an important resource for developing science-based management actions to address the threats. Many research tasks should involve repeated sampling efforts to monitor trends and to assess the effectiveness of management actions. Monitoring is necessary to track the status of this orca population and the effectiveness of the conservation measures. Research and monitoring will support an adaptive management approach; as we obtain new information, we can adjust priorities.

A. Monitor status and trends of the Southern Resident killer whale population.

Center for Whale Research

B. Conduct research to facilitate and enhance recovery efforts for Southern Resident killer whales.

Northwest Fisheries Science Center Marine Mammal Program

2014, Special Report of Research and Conservation

2015, Workshop to Assess Causes of Decreased Survival and Reproduction in Southern Resident Killer Whales: Priorities Report

2017, Review of recent research on southern resident killer whales to detect evidence of poor body condition in the population