Protection of killer whales in southern British Columbia

Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 15/2022 to replace its previous SSB 12/2021. The latest SSB updates requirements under the Interim Order for Protection of the Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) which came into force on June 1st 2022 for vessels navigating in, on or through specific waters in Southern British Columbia. Some of these waters are key foraging sites for the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW), which is listed as an endangered species.

The Government of Canada has put in place measures to reduce the acoustic and physical disturbance of marine vessels on the SRKW. The protection measures include a 400-metre approach distance restriction, the establishment of interim sanctuary zones, and the establishment of seasonal slowdown areas.