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Orca task force to recommend moratorium on southern resident killer whale watching
PUYALLUP, Wash. -- The governor's orca task force will likely recommend a moratorium on whale watching the endangered Southern resident orca in the Puget Sound. The group voted on an action Tuesday that would "suspend viewing" of the endangered southern resident for three to five years. The action would prohibit all vessels in the Puget Sound from "watching" the marine mammals. Washington State's Department of Fish and Wildlife would be in charge of rulemaking and regulation.