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Live blog: Bill Ruckelshaus on ecosystem based management


Notes on “Ecosystem Based Management – It’s now up to us” at the NOAA/NWFSC Monster Jam seminar.  Bill introduced the talk by discussing how 97% of Puget Sound residents feel obligated to pass on a clean marine environment to their children, but very few think there are any substantial problems with Puget Sound. 11:15 Puget [...]

Live blog: Duwamish talk by Maclure at UW


Here’s my first attempt at live-blogging… 8:40-9:20 a.m. from the University of Washington’s Water Seminar. 8:40 Key findings of his and Lisa Stiffler’s investigation of the Duwamish estuary: Pollution is historic an ongoing; diversity is down; everyone is contributing to the problem (e.g. run-off) Some chemicals lethal; some not (Cu not good for young salmon; [...]

When will we free the Elwha River?


It’s said that the Elwha River once sustained impressive runs of Spring Chinook salmon: “Elwha chinook are one of the Puget Sound chinook stocks listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act and are also legendary in that they typically reached over 100 pounds at maturity…. Prior to the dams, the Elwha River was [...]

List of near-real-time sensors in orca habitat


There is an increasing number of near-real-time sensors like webcams out in SRKW habitat. In an effort to keep abreast of these resources (as a community), you can now access and modify my list of favorite sensors for monitoring orca habitat in the Orcasphere wiki. This is primarily a list of web cams and environmental [...]

Neah Bay hydrophone streaming live


With special thanks for support from the Makah Tribe and coordination by Jon Scordino, there is now underwater sound streaming live from Neah Bay via the Salish Sea hydrophone network. The network is an experiment in human and automated monitoring of underwater sounds within the critical habitat of the endangered southern resident killer whales. The [...]

$8B salmon recovery failure


This 60-Minutes story makes it clear that removal of the four lower Snake River dams makes fiscal sense to the American tax-payer.  As an oceanographer, however, I’m intrigued with how little seems to be known about how the salmon fare in the ocean.  Along with the dams, land-use, and pollution, the other major potential impacts [...]

Spring 2008 Beam Reach research online


The first spring Beam Reach program ended 10 days ago.  Student research projects are documented at the spring 2008 class home page.  Proposals and final papers are available as of today.  Presentations will be posted in the next week or so as PPT files and/or videos.

New NW salmon recovery plans


Lisa Stiffler’s blog calls out 3 new plans and a new study released Monday May 6, 2008 — http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/environment/archives/138288.asp

Orcasphere calendar


I’ve recently been enjoying using Google calendar for sharing events and schedules with other organizations and project members.  Here is a fledgling prototype of an embedded “Orcasphere” calendar that could enable us to pool all orca-relevant education and research activities in a single interface. http://www.orcasphere.net/calendar/ You can also get there using the “Calendar” tab in [...]

A biodiesel-electric sailing catamaran for orcas, research, and education


Authored by: Captain Todd Shuster and Dr. Scott Veirs A new type of boat will study the orcas and their environment this fall. The Gato Verde is a 13-meter (42-foot) sailing catamaran that recently became the first biodiesel-electric charter vessel on the West Coast. Last winter, dual 27-horsepower diesel engines were replaced with two electric [...]