A place to centralize and archive rules regarding the interaction of boats and southern resident killer whales.
2009 proposed rule
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
Be Whalewise Guidelines
Penalties: Consultation with Soundwatch or Straitwatch; annual report card for commercial operators?