Decision on Puget Sound orcas protection moves closer
A federal agency will reconvene a panel to decide this year whether Puget Sound's killer whales should be protected.
© Sun Staff
31st January 2004
Puget Sound's killer whales are a step closer to becoming an endangered species today, as the federal government has decided not to appeal a court ruling over the issue.
NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for marine mammals, will reconvene a panel of biologists to take a fresh look at whether Puget Sound's orcas should be listed as endangered, according to agency spokesman Brian Gorman.