Southern Resident Orca Buffer Bill Clears Washington Legislature; All Boats Must Stay 1,000 Yards From Killer Whales

A bill to create a 1,000-yard buffer around the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas is headed to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for his signature after clearing a final legislative hurdle this week. Senate Bill 5371 requires that boaters stay 1,000 yards away from Southern Residents, beginning in 2025.

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