Statement from Sheida Sahandy, Puget Sound Partnership Executive Director, on the death of newborn orca calf

MEDIA CONTACT: Cathy Cochrane, 360.790.7958,

This morning’s reported loss of yet another baby Southern Resident orca, and the near starvation of its sibling, highlights the urgency for action. The Governor took an important step in March by issuing an executive order to propel action to save the Southern Resident orca. A task force and multiple working groups have been working hard to find paths forward to implementing solutions to this complex problem. We applaud this effort and urge partners to come together to agree to recommendations, and for all those involved in the implementation to act with speed and focus that is equal to the magnitude of the potential loss at hand.