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Lubchenco could save NW salmon and orcas

Wonderful news that one of the pioneers of sustainability science will head NOAA in the Obama administration! This could really turn around the pitiful funding of the recovery plans for Northwest salmon and killer whales. Jane is an exceptional marine … Continue reading

Killer whales call louder as vessel noise increases

This clipping from the NOAA/NWFSC Marine Mammal Program shows that southern residents are increasing the source level of their S1 calls by about 1dB for every decibel increase of the ambient noise level. Counts of vessels within 1km of the … Continue reading

Blackmouth and blackfish in Seattle

J, K, and members of L pod have been down in central and south Puget Sound quite a bit thus far this November and December.  The nice sighting maps at Orca Network show they’ve been sighted as far south as … Continue reading

Groundfish conservation in Puget Sound

Live blog of a talk entitled “Managing Puget Sound’s Groundfish Resources from the Bottom Up“ by Wayne Palsson at NWFSC 11:00 Background/motivation 28 species of rockfish, but poor habitat maps (compared with spotted owls, say) Decline of groundfish like Pacific … Continue reading


Theses Masters and PhD theses related to orcas and their ecosystem(s). 2002: Do orcas use symbols? (208K) An online treatise by Howard Garrett positing that the theory of symbolic interactionism may help account for the divergent and complex cultural traditions … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading


Humans value interacting with killer whales. There are many ways to observe them, learn and wonder about them, and ultimately help protect them: observe them from land by traversing The Whale Trail; watch them on webcams at the Center for … Continue reading

Orcinus orca: our neighbors with fins

The context: The best kept secret in all civilizations is that we are animals! We are medium-sized mammals, who just happen to have evolved the ability and the need to construct vast symbolic systems to define ourselves, and now we … Continue reading