A place to centralize and archive rules regarding the interaction of boats and southern resident killer whales.
2009 proposed rule
Washington State 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?