07/15/2019: "Whale Sanctuary Project Town Meetings July 21, 23, 24"
(Task Force Report photo)
The Whale Sanctuary Project is holding a series of town meetings in Washington State to discuss the concept for a rehab/rescue facility for the endangered Southern Resident orcas, which can also serve as a retirement home for orcas retired from entertainment parks and aquariums.
A rehab/rescue facility that can also be home to orcas retired from marine parks Lori Marino, President of the Whale Sanctuary Project, and Charles Vinick, Executive Director, will present their vision for a 60 - 100 acre seaside sanctuary that will be a full-service veterinary and “urgent care” facility in the San Juan Islands for free-ranging orcas who live-strand or need special assistance in a controlled setting prior to being returned to their pod. In addition, the facility will house orcas who have been rescued from life in concrete tanks at marine parks and aquariums.
The team is looking forward to making a visual presentation and engaging in discussion with the local communities in the Puget Sound area to hear their input on the sanctuary idea, answer all questions, and discuss all concerns. That’s because any successful sanctuary involves a partnership between the organization creating it and the community that embraces it.
It is hoped everyone will come out to these meetings to meet Lori and Charles and hear about the Whale Sanctuary Project.
Town Meeting Details
San Juan Island (Friday Harbor) - Sunday, July 21, 2pm (doors open at 1:30)
Brickworks Event Center
150 Nichols St.
Plaza parking and street parking.
Orcas Island (Eastsound) - Tuesday, July 23, 7pm (doors open at 6:30)
Emmanuel Episcopal Church - Parish Hall
242 Main St.
Lopez Island - Wednesday, July 24, 7pm (doors open at 6:30)
4102 Fisherman Bay Rd.
Parking on site.