Live-blogged notes from a UW Water Seminar talk by Rick Keil’s student Brittany Kimball Spicing Up the Sound: Cooking Spices and Aberrant Chemicals in Puget Sound and How They Get There Sound Citizen collects water samples from around the region to understand the transport of common household chemicals from human sources into the marine environment. [...]
On October 29, salmon advocates asked a federal judge to reject the Obama Administration’s 2010 Plan for Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. This includes chinook salmon that are essential nutrition for our Southern Resident Killer Whales. Today, three facts are clear. One, our orca are often very hungry. Two, they historically dined regularly on Columbia [...]
Feinstein’s Water Bomb (Feb 12 article in the High Country News) indicates that things are really starting to heat up in California. Water stress is manifesting in political lobbying and reversals that may jeopardize the Sacramento River salmon that K and L pod presumably pursue each winter. Up here in the Northwest the water competition [...]
Puget Sound Harbor Safety Committee meeting notes Feb. 3., 2010, 10-12 a.m., South Federal Building New container ship terminal in Tacoma (SSA Marine presention) Puyallup Tribal Terminal 3-4 berths (~850′ spacing, 51′ deep) 200 acres About the scale of Terminal 18 Market demand is too low to proceed Permits should be in place in ~1 [...]
Dr. Jack Rensel, Rensel Associates Aquatic Sciences (works with Puget Sound fish farmers on permitting/etc., but not BC farmers) Harmful Algal Blooms and Possible Effects on Fraser River Sockeye Salmon 11:04 Intro Much of this talk is based on co-author Nicola Haigh’s 10-year sockeye database. Target algae of interest: Heterosigma akashiwo, HAMP database 11:06 Background [...]
This Friday, January 15, 2010, is the deadline for public comment on the proposed orca conservation area along the west side of San Juan Island. All marine conservationists should consider commenting on these precedent-setting rules: comment via email | comment via web form. (Official background and the PDF of proposed rule are on the NOAA [...]
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 [...]
Lubchenco and Sutley (head of CEQ) are coming to NW next week to talk to scientists about Columbia/Snake salmon. A very welcome development. Unfortunately, they aren’t talking to any conservation groups, or fishermen, who have to be part of the solution. What’s up with that? See Joel Connelly’s recent blog in the P-I.
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 [...]
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