Boating with Whales in the Salish Sea
The core critical habitat of the endangered Southern Resident killer whale is located in the heart of the Salish Sea within the San Juan Islands. When Southern Residents are present in the Salish Sea during the spring, summer and fall there are vessels within acoustic range of the whales virtually all the time hindering their ability to navigate, detect increasingly scarce prey, and communicate.

In an effort to address vessel impacts around the San Juan Islands the County and the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee are piloting the use of a Whale Warning Flag this summer.

This survey is part of this pilot study. The survey aims to measure public knowledge, attitude and actions related to boating with whales in the Salish Sea and surrounding the use of a Whale Warning Flag. The survey is anonymous and open to all interested in participating, but particularly those who are residents and visitors to San Juan County.

Thank you for your time. The survey is in 3 sections and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

1) Are you a resident of San Juan County? *
2) If you are a visitor where are you visiting from?
3) Do you own a boat?
4) If yes, what kind of boat do you own?
5) How long have you been boating in the San Juans?
6) What is your main boating purpose?
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