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Bob Ferguson

AGO 2016 NO. 8 > Dec 30 2016

AIRCRAFT—VESSELS—Whether Statute Prohibiting Vessels Or Other Objects From Approaching Within Two Hundred Yards Of A Southern Resident Orca Whale Applies To Drones


Drones are most likely included within the term “other object” as used in RCW 77.15.740, prohibiting persons from causing vessels or other objects rom approaching within two hundred yards of a resident orca whale.