05/08/2018: "State Says Stay Away From The Orcas"
( WDFW map)
WDFW (Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife), and wildlife managers are asking anglers and boaters to avoid an area, a quarter to a half mile away, along the west side of San Juan Island, where killer whales frequently forage and socialize. This action is needed to provide the whales with a quiet area to feed.
Primary threats to the whales are a lack of prey, toxic contaminants, and disturbance from noise and vessel traffic. To help address these challenges, the Governor and state Legislature have taken a number of actions, including, an executive order in March 2018, whenthe Governor signed Executive Order 18-02 directing WDFW and other state agencies to take several immediate actions to benefit southern resident killer whales.
The no-go zone on the west side of San Juan Island, includes (as shown on the map above) the area from Mitchell Bay Cattle Point in the south, and extending a quarter-mile offshore for the entire stretch. In the Lime Kiln Lighthouse area the no-go zone extends half of a mile.