Seven orcas is 10 percent of Puget Sound’s population, according to the following news release. The special meeting is tomorrow.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 17, 2008o
Puget Sound Partnership to hold special meeting on orcas
OLYMPIA – The recent loss of seven Puget Sound orcas – close to 10 percent of the Sound’s orca population – has prompted the Puget Sound Partnership to convene a special meeting tomorrow of salmon and orca experts.
The Partnership’s Science Panel will discuss with the specialists:
— Declines in population;
— The association that the loss of Chinook salmon has on the declines; and
— What steps the Partnership can take to address the situation in the near and long term.
The meeting will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories, 620 University Road, Friday Harbor.
Members of the Science Panel and invited specialists will be available to the media upon conclusion of the meeting.
The meeting is part of a two-day Science Panel work session being held Nov. 18 and 19 at the same location. For the agenda and directions, visit: http://www.psp.wa.gov/SP_meetings.php.