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Entries from March 2009

Squaxin Island Tribe Installs Geoduck Show Plot Near Hartstene Island

March 24th, 2009 by rbrown · No Comments

On March 17th the Squaxin Island shellfish department began installation of a sub-tidal geoduck “show-plot” near the North end of Hartstene Island (photo 1). This is useful in sub-tidal geoduck biomass surveys as it allows us to properly calibrate our surveys to local variations and account for temporal variability in show factors. These show plots […]

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Tags: Shellfish

2009 Spring Beach Cleanup

March 16th, 2009 by rbrown · No Comments

Twice a year PCSGA hosts beach cleanup events at the Arcadia launch.  Every year dumpsters are filled with various types of debris that has washed ashore.  Some of the source of this trash is from aquaculture activities and much of it  is from other sources.  Squaxin Island employees and tribal members helped clean up the […]

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Tags: Shellfish

North of Falcon 25 years of Fisheries Co-Management

March 12th, 2009 by Joseph Peters · No Comments

Photo courtesy of NWIFC Treaty Tribes, State Mark North of Falcon 25th Anniversary From The Northwest Fisheries Commission website: (Being Frank) We’re marking an important milestone in cooperative salmon co-management this year. It’s the 25th anniversary of the North of Falcon process for setting treaty tribal and non-Indian fishing seasons in western Washington. We’ve sure […]

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Tags: Salmon

Increased Clam Mortality in Oakland Bay

March 11th, 2009 by jkonovsky · No Comments

Extremely cold weather combined with very low tides in November 2008 or the unusually large influxs of sediment from the December 2008 and January 2009 storms seems to be taking a toll on clams in Oakland Bay.  Growers report that there are many more dead clams than usual–maybe twice the ususal number especially in upper Oakland Bay and […]

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Tags: Shellfish · Water Quality

Uncle John Creek Still a Leading Source of Water Pollution in Oakland Bay

March 10th, 2009 by jkonovsky · No Comments

Fecal Bacteria Concentrations (MF/100 ml) at Stream Mouths The Squaxin Island Tribe released their winter 2008-09 water sampling results to the Oakland Bay Clean Water District Advisory Committee on March 4th.  Five samples were collected at nine stream mouths between October 2008 and February 2009.  Two of the sampling days, 11/12 and 1/7, occurred during major storm […]

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Tags: Shellfish · Water Quality

2009 South Sound Science Symposium Call for Abstracts

March 2nd, 2009 by jkonovsky · No Comments

The Steering Committee for the second South Sound Science Symposium to be held May 6th, 2009 at the Little Creek Resort Casino released a call for abstracts today.  The details can be found here.

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Tags: Events · South Sound Science 09

Oakland Bay Residents Fail To See the Environmental Connection

March 2nd, 2009 by jkonovsky · No Comments

In 150 interviews sponsored by the Sa-Heh-Wa-Mish Stewardship Initiative, we found that residents living around Oakland Bay are having a hard time connecting their actions at home with water quality in the bay.  Owners of homes with septic systems that have not been checked in the last five years see no reason to inspect their systems.  Most […]

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Tags: Water Quality