SeaWorld supports the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program as it works to recover the Southern Resident killer whale population in the Pacific Northwest.

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Since 2015, SeaWorld has worked with NFWF on marine and coastal conservation issues and was the lead sponsor for the establishment of the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program. The program works to increase Chinook salmon, the Southern Resident population’s primary prey base, to increase the quality of killer whale habitat in the Puget Sound/Salish sea region and to reduce critical gaps in knowledge needed for the effective management of this declining population.

In the first five years, the program has awarded 30 grants totaling $3.35 million, drawing an additional $4.1 million in grantee match for a total conservation impact of more than $7.4 million. Collaborative efforts are already making new discoveries and connections in all three priority strategies, including the coordination of more than 20 salmonid research efforts, investigations into hatchery management and killer whale nutritional health to prioritize specific salmon runs for restoration.