Ecojustice Blog – Nature Posted on October 5, 2010 (updated: February 17, 2015)

Defending whales, salmon, and the ocean they share

Devon PageLawyer

Today, our work to protect and restore Canada’s degraded Pacific coast marine environment will gain speed.

First, Ecojustice is in Federal Court on behalf of nine leading conservation organizations asking the court to confirm the federal government’s obligation to legally protect critical habitat of endangered and threatened Killer Whales on BC’s west coast. In short, the case will seek to ensure that the protection of the biological components of habitat – adequate prey, and clean quiet waters – from increasing chemical and noise pollution and declining availability of salmon prey. This case is another stepping stone in the continuing saga of the Government doing everything it possibly can to avoid protecting the critical habitat of species at risk (see also our recent wins for the Nooksack dace and the flamboyant greater sage grouse cases).

In addition, the Cohen Commission, charged with investigating the collapse of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River, is also set to begin today. Ecojustice will be representing a coalition of parties concerned over the sharp decline in last year’s salmon run that saw just 1 million of the expected 11 million sockeye return to the Fraser.

With luck, this is a sign of more good news to come.

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