Orca-boat rules

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A place to centralize and archive rules regarding the interaction of boats and southern resident killer whales.

2009 proposed rule

Penalties:

Washington State law

Text of rule section | PDF of law

Signed by Governor on April 1, 2008. Effective June 11, 2008.


The summary of Washington House Bill 2514 passed during the 2007-2008 Legislature states “It is a natural resource infraction to approach or cause a vessel to approach within 300 feet of a southern Orca whale.”

Penalties: A violation is a natural resource infraction punishable under chapter 7.84 RCW

Case history:

County ordinance

Penalties:

Be Whalewise Guidelines

Penalties: Consultation with Soundwatch or Straitwatch; annual report card for commercial operators?

Endangered Species Act

Marine Mammal Protection Act