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Entries from October 2010

South Sound Science: Curtis Tanner and question time

October 27th, 2010 by kanderson · Comments Off on South Sound Science: Curtis Tanner and question time

Curtis Tanner of Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project provided closing comments.  “My job is to summarize everything and rally the troops.”  Curtis provided a summary of today’s speakers, telling of lessons that he will take away, uplifting solutions, and many questions to consider.  Sampling of questions: This was in a panel format, and for the […]

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South Sound Science: Linda Hofstad

October 27th, 2010 by kanderson · Comments Off on South Sound Science: Linda Hofstad

Linda Hofstad, Thurston County, on “Improvement in Henderson Inlet water quality/shellfish harvest status”: All was going well until State Department of Health started looking at water quality data, and closures and downgrades resulted. 2001 Shellfish Protection District formed, and in 2003 grant dollars became available to develop septic program. Keys: 1) process; 2) risk-based approach […]

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Celebration of success – upgraded shellfish beds in Henderson Inlet

October 27th, 2010 by jdorner · No Comments

In the last talk of the day Linda Hofstad from Thurston County told a story of success in the effort to improve water quality and upgrade shellfish beds in Henderson Inlet.   After 26 years of over 650 acres of shellfish beds degraded in Henderson Inlet the situation is now turning around and shellfish beds are […]

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Large scale analysis of a restoration strategy for South Sound nearshore

October 27th, 2010 by jdorner · 1 Comment

A large scale analysis of landform types and restoration opportunities identified 2 major river deltas (Nisqually and Deschutes) ,  144 coastal inlets, 179 barrier embayments, and 288 beaches in the South Puget Sound.   Paul Cereghino from NOAA explained that these different types of nearshore habitat were then examined looking at both degradation of the habitat and […]

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South Sound Science: Paul Cereghino

October 27th, 2010 by kanderson · No Comments

Paul Cereghino, NOAA Restoration Center, on “Assessment of human/natural ecosystems for nearshore protection and restoration planning”: Nearshore systems are physically dynamic.  Critical processes operate at large scales.  The best strategy is based upon the whole situation (social, economic, ecological). Aims: Plan at the scale of physical systems.  Support quest for USACE Construction General.  Facilitiate regional project […]

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Western South Sound Coastal Cutthroat stock assessment suggests population is stable

October 27th, 2010 by jdorner · 1 Comment

Larry Phillips from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife explained how very little work has been done to assess the status of coastal cutthroat in South Puget Sound.   Some work has been done in the past few years to establish potential index areas to monitor spawning cutthroat population numbers and to track cutthroat movements […]

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Chinook survival tied to offshore growth from May to July

October 27th, 2010 by jdorner · No Comments

An analysis of Chinook survival in Puget Sound and growth patterns in juvenile fish are indicating that the growth period between May to July when the Chinook are primarily feeding offshore is highly correlated with adult survival rates.    Dave Beauchamp from the University of Washington explained that a study looking at feeding rates, food availability, […]

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South Sound Science: Larry Phillips

October 27th, 2010 by kanderson · No Comments

Larry Phillips, Department of Fish and Wildlife, on “Season movements and associated management implications for coastal cutthroat trout in South Puget Sound”: Presented observational data from multi-year, multi-agency study Coastal Cutthroat trout is an important sport fish species that historically supported a large harvest fishery, and overharvest resulted in declines (anecdotal). In 1997 the Natural Marine Fisheries […]

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Freezing and salinity used to control invasive mudsnails in Capitol Lake

October 27th, 2010 by jdorner · No Comments

The invasive New Zealand mud snail was discovered by a birdwatcher/shell enthusiast  in Capitol Lake in October of 2009.  There has been an intensive effort to control the mudsnail since it’s discovery.   Mudsnails outcompete native gastropods by outfeeding them and they don’t serve as an alternative food source for fish.  They have been spreading west […]

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Ocean acidification could have local impacts on South Sound shellfish populations

October 27th, 2010 by jdorner · No Comments

Shellfish growers in Oregon and Washington are finding that their shellfish production is being negatively impacted by increasing ocean acidity caused by increased atmospheric carbon dioxide.  Betsy Peabody explained how the shellfish are not able to grow their shells when the ocean water acid levels are too high.   There is a study of natural shellfish populations […]

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