NOAA report on Puget Sound orcas angers tour boats

June 26, 2014 1:52 AM

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SEATTLE -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Wednesday released results from a 10-year study on the Southern Resident Orcas and identified three major threats to the protected animals: pollution, food availability and vessel noise. That last threat has the whale watching industry furious.

“They’re going after the commercial whale watch boats because we are the low hanging fruit,” said Pacific Whale Watch Association Executive Director, Michael Harris. “They need to show accomplishments in the last 10 years, they have nothing to show for their efforts.”

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