Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Update on Orca Recovery in the Salish Sea

October 13, 2022 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Brought to you by: WWU Salish Sea Institute in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

Hear from managers in Washington state and British Columbia who are working on orca recovery actions. This one hour webinar will focus on actions being taken on both sides of the border to support the Southern Resident Killer Whales and provide an overview of their current health.

The weibnar will be moderated by Ginny Broadhurst, Director of the Salish Sea Institute.


Speakers Listed Below

Portrait of speaker Lynne BarreLynne BarreBranch Chief in the Protected Resources Division of NOAA Fisheries, West Coast RegionLynne Barre is the Southern Resident killer whale recovery coordinator for NOAA Fisheries. She has been with the Protected Resources Division in Seattle for over nineteen years. She has worked on the endangered listing of the Southern Resident killer whales, designated critical habitat, finalized a Recovery Plan and carried out actions to conserve and recover the whales, including vessel regulations. Lynne also supports recovery of Puget Sound rockfish, salmon, and other aspects of the marine mammal program, such as the stranding network. Lynne has a BS in Biology from Georgetown University and an MS in Animal Behavior from San Diego State University. 
Portrait of speaker Tara GaluskaTara GaluskaOrca Recovery Coordinator at the Washington Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office
Tara was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee as the state’s orca recovery coordinator in May 2021. Before that she worked in salmon recovery at RCO and led the Salmon Section. She has also worked on aquatic planning and science at the Washington departments of Ecology and Natural Resources. Tara received her BS in environmental science, policy, and management from the University of California at Berkeley and her Master’s Degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia.
Portrait of speaker Sonja HennemanSonja HennemanManager, Clean Water Program at Transport Canada
Sonja Henneman is the Manager and Senior Policy Advisor, West Coast and Arctic Whale Protection Policy, at Transport Canada. The group that Sonja manages are responsible for developing and implementing management measures to address acoustic and physical disturbance from vessels impacting endangered whale species. Prior to 2017, Ms. Henneman worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at Environment and Climate Change Canada in the Climate Change International Division. Sonja received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government from Carleton University.
Portrait of speaker Kendra MooreKendra MooreActing Regional Manager, Marine Mammals at Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Sustainable resource management, conservation research, and marine policy are some of Kendra’s strong interests. She believes tackling these topics from an interdisciplinary perspective within the marine management industry will enable tangible solutions. Tara received her BS from the University of Victoria and her MS from Dalhousie University.