The Southern Resident killer whale has been endangered since 2005, and only approximately 76​ animals remain in the Pacific Northwest. Human activity and a sharp decrease in populations of Chinook salmon - the whale’s main food source - continue to hinder its recovery.

In response, Shell teamed up with The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, SeaWorld, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program, a public-private partnership to aid in the recovery of this iconic species.

For Shell, sustainability means providing essential energy for a growing population in a responsible way. This means being a good neighbor by contributing to the well-being of communities where we work and live. 

Shell has been a proud member of the Pacific Northwest community for over 60 years. The Shell Puget Sound Refinery, located in Anacortes, WA, has established itself as more than an oil refinery – it's a place where generations of area residents have found jobs, built careers, supported families and improved their communities. Woven into the fabric of everyday life in Skagit County, the refinery produces about ¼ of the Pacific Northwest’s fuel and is committed to powering progress in the communities near where it operates.

“Working with this diverse group of partners to aid in the recovery of this incredible species is an honor, and we are proud to have this opportunity to help affect change,” said Shirley Yap, GM of Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery. “Our refinery has a long history of collaborating with numerous environmental organizations to protect and preserve the communities we live in. By investing in projects that address salmon research and the monitoring of killer whale health and habitat restoration, we hope to help increase the killer whale population off the coast of Washington state.”

Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program

Watch a quick 5-minute video to learn how the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program is aiding in the recovery of this iconic species.

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