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Persistent organic pollutants in killer whales

Persistent organic pollutants as chemical tracers for Puget Sound marine biota, Gina Ylitalo Chemical tracers can be used to determine geographic ranges.  Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) like PCBs and PDBEs in Salish Sea herring (3 yr old males collected ’99 … Continue reading

John Calambokidis PSGB’09 talk

Changes in marine mammal populations of the Salish Sea: What will the future look like? Pinnipeds Harbor seal populations have stabilized — probably at historical levels –  in all areas of Washington after rising from lows of the 70s and … Continue reading

Blackmouth fishing in the San Juans and beyond

Last weekend was the beginning of blackmouth season in Marine Area 7 (the San Juan Archipelago and vicinity).  I’ve been wondering if WDFW should encourage fishing for Puget Sound resident Chinook as there are some indications that resident Chinook are … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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

Could leader change at BPA help orcas?

This editorial gives a glimpse into the uppercrust of the BPA and ponders whether President Obama and Energy Secretary Chu will alter the BPA leadership. Could this be an opportunity for a dramatic acceleration in the re-balancing of the Northwest’s … 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