Recovery plan for southern resident killer whales (Orcinus orca)
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Recovery plan for southern resident killer whales (Orcinus orca)

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    "This plan identifies a range of actions that will contribute to recovery of Southern Resident killer whales. Many of these actions will have a direct effect on killer whale habitat, but they will also help restore and improve a range of habitats, species and ecosystem processes. Although the recovery plan is focused on Southern Residents, the proposed actions will benefit many native species and natural communities. The plan refers to significant efforts on local, state and regional levels to address recovery of other species (particularly salmon), clean up of Puget Sound and management of local resources. Salmon recovery programs throughout Washington, Oregon and California as well as in Canada identify goals that will benefit the entire ecosystem. The Puget Sound Partnership provides a comprehensive approach to cleaning up inland waters of Puget Sound. There are numerous local efforts that are also focused on improving the health of the ecosystem such as the Marine Stewardship Area established in San Juan County. Over time, each of these programs should improve the overall health and biodiversity of the ecosystem. This plan provides background information on Southern Resident killer whale life history and status, and existing protective measures. Recovery goals and criteria are provided along with recovery actions, research and monitoring tasks in a narrative outline. Priorities and costs for the measures are provided in an implementation table"--Introduction.
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