Posted by: Bob Payne | April 11, 2011

New NOAA Fisheries rule to keeps boats farther away from orcas

Whale-watchers and other boaters will have to stay twice as far away from orcas in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound once a federal rule comes into effect, expected in early May. The final rule released by NOAA Fisheries on Friday doubles the current approach distance of 100 yards approved by the state Legislature in March 2008 to protect the animals from environmental disturbances.

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