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    Reality Check: Whale Watching in 2022 | Guest Column

    By Erin Gless, Executive Director, Pacific Whale Watch Association

    In July, members of all three Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) pods visited the Salish Sea, great news for whale lovers. Unfortunately, this also sparked a fresh burst of misinformation about professional whale watching. By quick way of background, the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) is an organization dedicated to education, conservation, and responsible wildlife viewing, supported by a small staff and mostly volunteer-driven. Our membership, composed primarily of family-run businesses in communities like the San Juan Islands, appreciates this opportunity to set the record straight.

    MYTH: Professional whale watchers view Southern Residents constantly

    Commercial viewing of SRKW is extremely restricted and has been for some time. Since June 2019, an agreement in Canada prohibits…

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