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Confusion about Fraser sockeye demise


Jeff Grout (or the reporter) needs to clarify why they reject the suggestion that sea lice infestation are responsible for this summer’s poor returns!http://www.straight.com/article-249317/hotter-water-linked-poor-sockeye-returns UBC’s Scott Hinch has studied how ocean and river temperatures affect salmon.  August 27, 2009 Hotter water linked to poor sockeye returns By Carlito Pablo A UBC fisheries expert’s warning from [...]

$150k for transient orca skeleton education


This project could help raise awareness about the risk to SRKW recovery posed by persistent pollutants.  Congrats to Anne, Chrissy, and the rest of the PTMSC team! PTMSC awarded $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for its Orca Project Port Townsend, WA—Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum [...]

Time to review Navy’s NW neighborliness


NOAA recently released an incidental take authorization associated with the Navy’s proposed expansion of the Northwest Range Training Complex.  The authorization and associated Navy documents are Complex, indeed!  Unfortunately, NOAA has allocated too little time for public comment on the . Below I’ve quoted an inspirational letter from Fred Felleman.  Please emulate him and join [...]

Proposed 200yd rule for orca watching boats


Received this from orcalist@noaa.gov this morning.   Deadline for public comment is 5pm on Oct. 27, 2009.  It’s noteworthy that this announcement came the day after notice that Dawn Noren published a paper that suggests that most surface active behaviors occur when vessels are within ~150 meters. As part of the recovery program for endangered Southern [...]

Progress for Skagit salmon


WDFW NEWS RELEASE Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091 http://wdfw.wa.gov/ July 10, 2009 Contact: Lora Leschner, (425) 775-1311 ext. 121 Portion of the Skagit Wildlife Area will close as work resumes on estuary restoration OLYMPIA – Beginning July 15, the 175-acre Headquarters Unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area [...]

Political snapshot ’09Q2: lower Snake dam removal


Weeding through the records emerging from Judge Redden’s courtroom and the Obama administration’s latest meeting (distilled best by EarthJustice), it seems that Redden will not finalize a plan for Northwest Salmon until early August, 2009.  We in the orca and salmon conservation communities would do well by the endangered animals to use these next 6 [...]

U.S. climate change looks bad for salmon


Yesterday the U.S. Global Research Program announced the publication of a report that summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States. The chapter on the Pacific Northwest is ominous reading for salmon and orcas. Two disconcerting predictions are: because precipitation is shifting from snow to rain, peak river flow is [...]

Progress on Victoria sewage


Despite the outstanding questions about measurable impacts and cost/benefit ratios, this constitutes progress for the marine environment of the SRKWs. Does anyone have pointers to the independent reports mentioned in this article? clipped from seattletimes.nwsource.com Victoria to stop sending untreated sewage to sea Regional politicians last week approved a $1.2 billion plan to build four [...]

Who will be the NW Regional Admin at NOAA?


Interesting that only the NW region has a politically-appointed administrator; the other 5 regions have career admins… It took 9 months for Bush Administration to post Lohn to the job. Will Obama/Lubchenko act faster for the sake of our salmon and killer whales? clipped from www.cbbulletin.com Lohn Out As NOAA Fisheries Regional Director, Deputy Now [...]

Near-record low chinook quota


There are hints here that the chinook runs in 2009 are expected to be mediocre… clipped from wdfw.wa.gov April 08, 2009 Contact: Pat Pattillo, (360) 902-2705 2009 salmon fisheries approved Washington’s 2009 salmon fishing seasons, developed by WDFW and treaty Indian tribal co-managers, were approved today during the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (PFMC) meeting in [...]