The status of the Southern Resident killer whale population remains fragile. In 2010, the Partnership’s baseline reference, the census reported 86 individuals, and every year since then the population size has been smaller, except in 2011. Given recent population projections, this population will not meet the 2020 target.
By 2020, achieve an end-of-year census of 95 individual Southern Resident Killer Whales, which would represent a 1 percent annual average growth rate from 2010 to 2020.
Annual Census as reported to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by the Center for Whale Research