The public has a chance to weigh in if enough is being done to protect Southern Resident killer whales from vessels and boat noise in the inland waters of Washington state.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants to know if existing National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regulations are enough to protect the orcas, and what actions NMFS can take to do more to protect the whales.

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The public can submit comments in several ways.

The first is electronically by sending an email to with “Comments on Protective Regulations for Killer Whales Scoping” in the subject line.

The second method is by mailing written comments to Seattle Branch Chief, Protected Resources Division, West Coast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 1, Seattle, WA 98115, Attn: SRKW Vessel Regulation Revision.

The public can also attend a scoping meeting on Tuesday, November 12, in Friday Harbor. The meeting will take place from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Brickworks Event Center located at 150 Nichols Street.

The public comment period ends on December 23, 2019.

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