Huge turnout for meeting on Orca rules

by Tim Flanagan on September 28, 2009

Art Shotwell has the story in Anacortes Now:

Representatives of NOAA Fisheries Service got an earful from dozens of sport fishermen and whale watch operators over proposed new regulations designed to keep boats further away from Orcas than is current allowed.

More than 150 people filled the Port’s Warehouse Thursday night and, anemia in effect, told the NOAA representatives ‘no’ to the proposed regulations which would require boaters to stay at least 200 yards from Orcas. The regulations would include a half-mile wide no-go zone along the west side of San Juan Island from May 1 to Sept. 30.

Most of the crowd seemed to sport fishermen, charter operators, whale watch operators and kayak tour leaders. Complaints ranged from "you’ve got a huge gap in your data," to "the Orcas aren’t impacted by fishing boats now."

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