The filing by Wild Fish Conservancy includes statements from scientists Dr. Deborah Giles and Dr. Robert Lacy. Giles is the science and research director for the nonprofit Wild Orca and resident scientist and lecturer at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs, and has studied Southern Resident killer whales in Puget Sound for many years, conducting research showing that lack of adequate prey—Chinook salmon in particular—has driven the decline of the orcas’ population, especially harming their ability to become and remain pregnant.

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