Dear Mr. Harper,
It sounds like we’ve been lucky so far with the whale sightings we’ve experienced. And to be honest, we haven’t seen too much cetacean activity in inside waters over the past few weeks. This begs the question… where are the whales? And naturally, that question leads to another… where are the salmon?
There is usually much more whale activity, particularly Killer Whale activity, in inland waters in Fitz Hugh Sound and around King Island at this time of year. Speaking with marine biologists that have studied Killer Whale activity in this region for years, there are a number of speculations as to the change. The first on the list is salmon, or lack thereof. There are fewer salmon due to climate change, increased underwater noise from ship traffic, disease outbreaks and epidemics from nearby salmon farms and sustained pressures from fisheries.
The ecosystem of the Great Bear Rainforest is fragile. Salmon are the keystones species and there has been nothing reassuring about their population numbers in the past few years. Salmon feed the forests, the wolves, the bears, the eagles and the whales…
Why further jeopardize such a delicate balance?
For the coast,
Sarah and Mike