You can now purchase and proudly fly your own 12 x 18″ pennant to show the world that you are an Orca Protector!
Where to buy:
Roche Harbor Company Store
195 Reuben Memorial Dr, Roche Harbor, WA 98250
110 Spring St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Friday Harbor Ace Hardware
340 Argyle Ave, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
All proceeds go to research, education and advocacy to help save the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales.
Orca Protectors is an outreach arm of San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping, a diverse group of San Juan Islands’ citizens who call these islands home. We act to help protect the environmental and economic health of the Salish Sea, so all creatures can continue to live, thrive and enjoy our island home together.
The Southern Resident Killer Whales, also known as orcas, are a beloved symbol of a safe and healthy Salish Sea. However, their population is diminishing and their challenges are many. Our resident orcas’ fragility is an indicator that the Salish Sea needs our help.
Orca Protectors recognize the three major threats to the health of the orcas:
1. Increase in vessel noise – interference in ability to communicate and find scarce food
2. Decrease in food supply – fewer salmon due to habitat loss
3. Increase in water pollution – toxins accumulate in whale blubber
What can an Orca Protector do to protect the whales?
1. Promote quiet waters
• advocate for safe shipping practices (slower, quieter vessels)
• promote and observe no-go or quiet zones
• watch orcas from more than the required distance, or from shore
2. Save the salmon (orca food)
• improve and protect habitat for forage fish (salmon food)
• support local salmon recovery projects
• consult seafoodwatch.org for sustainable seafood consumption
3. Protect clean water
• use earth-friendly house, garden, and boat products
• observe no-discharge zones
• conserve water
The whales thank you!