For three decades, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) has been advocating the relatively tame issue of salmon recovery based on science and rational management of fisheries in the Pacific Northwest. We have been championing with facts the impacts of dwindling fish stocks on the Southern Resident killer whales [SRKW orcas] and Salish Sea fishers. Since 1976 the Center for Whale Research (CWR) has been the leading organization studying the Southern Resident killer whales in their critical habitat: the Salish Sea. CWR performs health assessments to ensure the viability of the whale population, informing elected officials of their ecosystem needs, and sharing the whales’ story with the world. Our 46 years of research has created the only long-term data set about the behavior, health, and social dynamics of the Southern Resident killer whales.
The Center for Whale Research is the leading voice for the gravely endangered Southern Resident killer whales (orcas), having generated over four decades of scientific research and health assessments. This work has been used to inform decision-makers and elected officials about the whales' ecosystem requirements to ensure the future viability of this playful, social, and beloved population of animals. CWR's unique on-the-water research approach entails recording information through whale encounters that provide essential social, demographic, health, and geographic information. CWR offers this information to U.S. and Canadian government agencies annually for conservation and management purposes.