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Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW’s) are back in Puget Sound!   

Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW’s) spend several summer and fall months in the Puget Sound. Current laws in WA are set to change in Jan 2025 where there will be an increase to a 1000 yard buffer zone from the current 300/400 yard oval. The WDFW will be facilitating a SRKW task force for this change in law and RBAW member, and Tacoma Yacht Club Delegate, Dave Willis, will be our representative.

Washington State Law:

  • Boats to stay 300 yards from Southern Resident killer whales on either side.
  • Boats to stay 400 yards out of Southern Resident killer whale’s path/in front and behind the whales
  • Boats to go slow (<7 knots) within ½ mile of Southern Resident killer whales
  • Disengage engines if whales appear within 300 yards.

Boats should stay 100 yards from all other marine mammals (e.g. humpback whales, gray whales, sea lions and seals).

Learn more about Washington State Regulations & GuidelinesClick here to learn more.

Lakebay Marina Redevelopment
Legislature allocates $1.3 million in new funding for Lakebay!

Click here to learn more. 

Survey - Let the Department of Natural Resources know what you think!




RBAW Highlighted in the July edition of the Northwest Yachting magazine!

Click here to read RBAW's article "Making Waves".

Watercraft Excise Tax Depreciation Schedule Impact on Vessel Registrations 

RBAW and others testified in a DOR public meeting on Tuesday, 7/19 in support of our position that the current depreciation schedule does not accurately represent boat values in out years.

Click HERE to see the DOR response to our petition.  

Click HERE for more information on the WA State Watercraft Excise Tax

Derelict Vessel Inventory and Funding | WA - DNR

Legislature approves directing 25% of WET funds to Derelict Vessel Removal

A huge thanks to our House and Senate bill sponsors:

Rep. Dave Paul (D-Oak Harbor/10th Dist.) Rep. Dan Griffey (R-Union/35th Dist.)

Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes/40th Dist.)

Ron Muzzall (R-Island County/10th Dist.)

And to Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz and the folks at DNR who have partnered so well with us. Thank you!

DNR Fact Sheet

RBAW Marine Parks Conservancy is a 501c3, donations may be tax deductible!

Please consider donating to our Lakebay Marina renovation  drive - go to the conservancy website or send your tax deductible donations to:

RBAW Marine Parks Conservancy

PO Box 17591

Seattle, WA 98127





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Where to Pump-out, or contact Mobile Services that will come to You!

Click the link below to easily find locations when you can pump-out - or businesses that operate mobile pump-outs. Boating is good clean fun, lets keep it that way!

No-Go Zones for Boaters in Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands:  June 1 to November 30

Boaters should be aware of two seasonal No-Go Zones in the Gulf Islands, and the one year-round voluntary No-Go Zone in the San Juan Islands. Our friends at Waggoner Guide have all the information, click HERE to learn more.