PUGET SOUND ORCA WHALE AVOIDANCE

The Coast Guard would like all boaters, including skippers and crew to be aware of the following restrictions.

PUGET SOUND ORCA WHALE AVOIDANCE ADDENDUM

Washington State Law, RCW 77.15.740 makes it illegal to:

  • Cause a vessel or other object to approach, in any manner, within two hundred yards of a southern resident orca whale;
  • Position a vessel to be in the path of a southern resident orca whale at any point located within four hundred yards of the whale. This includes intercepting a southern resident orca whale by positing a vessel so that the prevailing wind or water current carries the vessel into the path of the whale at any point located within four hundred yards of the whale;
  • Fail to disengage the transmission of a vessel that is within two hundred yards of a southern resident orca whale; or
  • Feed a southern resident orca whale.

Please make sure that everyone is aware of this.