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Salmon Habitat Conference this April


It appears this may only be for recipients of Salmon Recovery Board funds, but one goal of this site is help orca recovery advocates to understand and get involved with salmon recovery efforts. So, here ya go: clipped from www.rco.wa.gov Building Better Projects – Salmon Habitat Conference April 15-16, 2009 Little Creek Conference Center, Shelton [...]

Puget Sound Partnership Education Summit


Live blog from the Puget Sound Partnership Education, Communication, and Outreach Summit.  The stated purpose of the Summit is “to revitalize the ECO Net and its relationship with the Puget Sound Partnership’s goals and priorities.” 9:15 Bill Ruckelshaus discussed need for grassroots change despite the budgetary stresses in Washington State and D.C.  (Dave Dix was [...]

More dams coming to British Columbia rivers?


First I’ve heard of this, but the idea of damming the Hamathko seems sacrilegious.  The heads of those distant inlets and fjords are deep wilderness in my mind, gateways to the fantastic icefields of Mount Waddington and beyond. Is there really a need for hydropower up there?! I assert that solar, tidal, and/or wind turbines [...]

Ship noise in Haro Strait 60% of time


I usually say that 20 ships per day transit Haro Strait, but this is the first time I’ve seen a sound budget estimate from Jeff Nystuen’s data. This article quotes him as saying that ships dominate the sound budget, making noise about 60% of the time his PALs were deployed. That’s pretty consistent with 20 [...]

A step towards ecosystem-based management?


Long Live the Kings announced in Dec 2008 an effort to implement internal changes at WDFW to manage salmon in an “All-H” framework — one that integrates decisions about Hatcheries, Harvest, and Habitat. Perhaps this is a step towards the “Ecosystem Based Management” which no one can define for me, but is already a buzz [...]

$37.5M to help feed southern residents


It will be fascinating to see how this money is actually spent. The article mentions using part of the $30M to retire licenses from commercial troll fishers. I’m guessing the $15M ($7.5M from Canada and the same from the U.S.) will be helping to replenish the PSC portfolio. This could mean renewed funding in 2010 [...]

The 6th H of salmon abundance: Heat


The clipping below is from a Daily Astorian article on an EPA report regarding global warming’s potential influence on Northwest salmon.  Of most import for killer whale conservationists are the implications of what James Martin calls a “perfect storm” for salmon: low snow pack with low, warm flows in the summer. Martin provides a nice [...]

New research money related to Navy sonar


Not sure what this means for southern residents and funding for their researchers, but this is surely good news for beaked whales, as well as killer whales when they may transit Navy training areas in the Salish Sea or off the Washington coast. Thanks to Val Veirs for the tip on this press release. clipped [...]

No new orcas in late 2008


This is a pretty general treatment of endangered species with a nice from-the-field synopsis of prey/fecal sampling by KUOW intern Irene Naguchi, but it didn’t deliver what I expected — new information derived from the fecal sampling. The main news I caught from Brad was that they, Ken, and Mark haven’t noted any new calves [...]

Ocean conditions promising future orca food


Some good news re offshore productivity in 2008, though the southern residents may not see the benefits for a couple years… clipped from www.oregonlive.com Oregon ocean conditions best for fish in 50 years After several years of poor ocean conditions that left birds starving and fish dwindling, this year brought a healthy influx of cold, [...]