This is never going to get better.
Most likely. I remember speaking to the state whale guy at the Friday harbor closure meetings...... he told me all I do is follow the whales, observe them and scoop their poop(to test for what they are eating) ....... 50 weeks a year.They probably had a research boat follow the mother’s within 20 yards for a few years straight to come up with this conclusion.
Isn't the law that boats need to maintain a 400 yard buffer? So the law is based on the science... so if you are lawful, you are fine. https://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=77.15.740
I suspect the the WFW or NOAA will again want to close Eagle point. Hope someone talkie the troops again........That is only part of the problem. Even if you can see them they don't stay up long enough to use the range finder since few people can raise a thumb and figure distance accurately.
That's not a favorable set of conclusions, and it might impact some regulatory stuff. I'm a little nervous about how far the changes may extend, because I like the west side SJI too, but what's the argument again? Should we not study these things? Or is their data/conclusions wrong? Or should we ignore the impact that boats have on whales and say fuck it? Or. . .?
I guess those guys were transient as I only fished that area in the spring for flathead sole along the ice edge. The one batch that would park along us for days we got to the point where we could recognize them. There must of been an ornery male as a couple females had notches taken out of their dorsal. They were close enough where you could hear them talking through the hull especially in areas such as the freezer hold where it's quiet.Kim, you must be referring to the smart transient whales? Not the inbred SRKW “locals” who are starving to death while literally surrounded by food sources (pinnipeds) that are eating the last of the SRKWs salmon!