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Call-in number for Wednesday briefing on J50 emergency response - 09/12/18

NOAA Fisheries/Fisheries and Oceans Canada

September 12, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY

NOAA Fisheries and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will hold a media teleconference today (Wednesday, Sept. 12) at 10 a.m. Pacific Time to discuss the latest developments in the emergency response to support J50, an endangered Southern Resident killer whale.

When: 10 a.m. Pacific Time

Call-in number: 888-469-3312

Participant Passcode: 3072866

We ask that the call please be limited to working media.

Please visit NOAA Fisheries West Coast for the latest updates, photos, and information.

 

Call-in number for Wednesday briefing on J50 emergency response - 09/11/18

NOAA Fisheries West Coast/Northwest Fisheries Science Center/Southwest Fisheries Science Center

September 11, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY

NOAA Fisheries will hold a media teleconference tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 12) at 10 a.m. Pacific Time to discuss the latest developments in the emergency response to support J50, an endangered Southern Resident killer whale.

When: 10 a.m. Pacific Time

Call-in number: 888-469-3312

Participant Passcode: 3072866

We ask that the call please be limited to working media.

Please visit NOAA Fisheries West Coast for the latest updates, photos, and information.

NOAA Fisheries hosting public meetings on J50 emergency response - 09/11/18

September 11, 2018

J50’s condition in recent weeks has underscored the urgency of recovering the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population.  NOAA Fisheries and our partners have been exploring and taking action to save J50 because of her importance as a contributing member of this population, and particularly to J Pod.

The public has a stake in the J50 response and the recovery of Southern Resident killer whales and we understand many people are concerned.  We want to know what people in the region think about this effort and potential steps so we are holding two public meetings in Washington State to hear the public’s views:

  • Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in Friday Harbor at Friday Harbor High School
  • Sunday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. in Seattle at University of Washington, Haggett Hall Cascade Room

J50’s condition has declined over recent months to the point where she is emaciated and often lagging behind her family. Field treatment has not improved her condition, and veterinarians believe they have exhausted all reasonable remote treatment options and her survival is unlikely.

The next steps could include further intervention, such as a rescue operation and conducting a hands-on physical examination. That could lead to more in-depth diagnoses, rapid treatment, and return to the water or short-term rehabilitation and care to improve her chances of survival, with the ultimate goal of reuniting her with her family.

Two objectives will determine any further intervention to help J50:

  • providing appropriate conservation medical actions for J50 to  protect her potential contribution to the recovery of the population, and
  • avoiding harm to the rest of J Pod and the Southern Resident population of 75 whales.

No rescue would proceed while J50 remains with J Pod and her family group. Response teams would act to rescue J50 only if she becomes stranded or separated from the rest of J Pod such that any risks of the intervention to the rest of J Pod are minimized.

The overriding priority of any rescue intervention would be to evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate J50 in a manner that would support the greatest chance of her survival while ensuring her return and reunification with her family as soon as possible so she can contribute to long-term recovery of the population.

If veterinarians and other experts who assess J50 in the field determine that she cannot be treated or rehabilitated, teams would promptly return her to J Pod to spend the rest of her life with her family.

For further details of the effort to save J50 and intervention, please visit our J50 webpage on NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region website at bit.ly/NOAAJ50J35.  In the meantime, the public can submit questions and comments to NOAA Fisheries by emailing Whale.Help@noaa.gov">KillerWhale.Help@noaa.gov.