Anthropogenic Impacts on Southern Resident Killer Whales: Implications for Conservation Strategies

An analysis was conducted to determine the geographical scope of three threats to Southern Resident Killer Whales: Chinook salmon commercial catches, tanker traffic and contaminated properties. A series of GIS analysist functions, such as unifying projections, select-by-attribute, clip, SQL queries, buffer, and polygon intersects were applied to the datasets. The purpose of our project is to highlight the significant disruptions found while encouraging conservation strategies.