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Updates from NOAA on Elwha science


Yesterday Sarah Morely of NOAA/NWFSC Watershed Program, Fish Ecology Division gave a 40-minute synopsis of the “Elwha River Dam Removal – Past, Present, Future.”  My notes are appended and the NOAA site has an abstract with recommended references (also appended in case the link breaks). The most interesting aspect of the talk from the perspective [...]

Elwha dam removal begins this weekend


Here’s a great letter sent out today by Save Our Wild Salmon: This Saturday, September 17th, marks a truly historic event for wild salmon and river communities: the largest river restoration project to date with the removal of the two Elwha River dams on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. Here are 3 great items to check [...]

How NZ orcas hunt sharks


I was most impressed by this underwater photograph taken by Ingrid Visser of a New Zealand killer whale pursuing a mako shark. The associated article from the Daily Mail describes hunting techniques that smack of likely Southern Resident tactics: collaborative herding and stunning blows from the flukes. I wonder: does she have recordings of the [...]

How to: share salmon or orca news


I’ve been enjoying using orcasphere.net as a forum for sharing breaking news about southern residents, salmon, and related environment issues.  In the hopes of inspiring others to join me, this post is the first in a series that describe how I interact with the Orcasphere.  I’m even going to try screen-casting some demos! At the [...]

Snake River Salmon on KUOW


The most prominent appeal in this discussion was whether we can move away from litigation and towards more collaborative processes to restore the wild populations of Columbia salmon and steelhead. The agreement between 3 tribes and federal agencies (the “Columbia Basin Accords”) may be a step in the right direction. However, many feel the 2008 [...]

Etymology of the “Salish Sea”


During the Coast Salish plenary, Bert Webber described the process by which our marine ecosystem has gained a new (and much better) name. Living in Bellingham, it became apparent that this place on both sides of the U.S./Canada border shares a language-history.  In 1980′s Bert submitted the place-name “Salish Sea” to a sub-program of the [...]

Out-going WDFW Director helped WA Chinook


While the new Treaty will almost surely be good for the southern residents, I remain uncertain about whether releasing wild salmon really works when they’re caught during openings that target hatchery fish. “Under Koenings’ leadership, WDFW established many new sustainable fisheries that allow harvest of hatchery-produced fish while sparing wild salmon listed for protection under [...]

Orcasphere migration


The web site is currently undergoing a renovation and migration. To save money and support open-source software, we are moving away from squarespace.com and to a Word Press installation on dreamhost.com servers. General blog articles from http://beamreach.squarespace.com, some images, and the public library will migrate here, while Beam Reach student blogs will go to http://beamreach.org/blog [...]

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Welcome to the orcasphere! The orcasphere is a virtual collaborative space inspired by the Southern Resident Killer Whale Symposium held in Seattle, Washington, from April 3-5, 2006. The Symposium was an intellectual exchange between scientists, policy makers, managers, industry representatives, and the general public. Participants shared multidisciplinary, multinational insights into the natural history of the [...]