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Science-based strategies and unique partnerships to restore endangered species to South Sound Prairies

October 23rd, 2014 by Erica Marbet · Comments Off on Science-based strategies and unique partnerships to restore endangered species to South Sound Prairies

This talk is being given by Sarah Hamman of the Center for Natural Lands Management. I’m jumping in a little late to blog this talk, but here we go. Prescribed fire is a very important tool to remove scotch broom and non-native grasses from South Sound prairies. They have over fifty trained fire fighters (fire […]

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Prairies in the Pacific Northwest- Natural history and current challenges in this conservation landscape

October 23rd, 2014 by Candace Penn · Comments Off on Prairies in the Pacific Northwest- Natural history and current challenges in this conservation landscape

Hannah Anderson Center for natural lands management; A look at a lesser known precious and rare habitat, the prairies of the Puget sound. Human development has hit our prairies pretty hard. Habitat degradation is also a serious problem when it comes to prairie habitat restoration.  Large trees , oak grass, and scotch broom are species encroaching on […]

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Monitoring and adaptive management of the Nisqually Delta after tidal marsh restoration

October 23rd, 2014 by admin · Comments Off on Monitoring and adaptive management of the Nisqually Delta after tidal marsh restoration

Blogging by Sayre Hodgson, Chris’s collaborator at the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s natural resources department. Chris Ellings following up on a previous talk in 2009 at this symposium, now that there is more to report on the restoration. Historic condition- was very diverse habitat, but like most P.S. deltas it was diked for agriculture 1904-1910.  Luckily […]

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Bottomfish community composition throughout Puget Sound through the “eyes” of a robot: where does South Sound fit in?- Dayv Lowry- WDFW- #s42014

October 23rd, 2014 by Joseph Peters · Comments Off on Bottomfish community composition throughout Puget Sound through the “eyes” of a robot: where does South Sound fit in?- Dayv Lowry- WDFW- #s42014

Stock assessment of bottomfish through the means of robots?  Yes robots! Trawling doesn’t work due to the mortality of species.  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is deploying  the WDFW ROV, “robot” to survey bottomfish in Puget Sound.     So what do they see?  Well to quote Mr. Lowry, “what we see is awesome!”   They see flat fish and […]

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The China Shellfish ban – arenic levels in geoduck

October 23rd, 2014 by esparkman · Comments Off on The China Shellfish ban – arenic levels in geoduck

Dave McBride In December of 2013 China banned all shellfish exports from the US west coast.  In Poverty Bay, Washington inorganic arsenic and in Ketchikan, Alaska Paralytic  Shellfish Poisoning toxin were found in geoduck. Inorganic arsenic found naturally in rock, in the air, or areas where arsenic was used in agriculture.  The US doesn’t have […]

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Geoduck aquaculture and the environment: Recent findings and future directions

October 23rd, 2014 by esparkman · Comments Off on Geoduck aquaculture and the environment: Recent findings and future directions

P. Sean McDonald: Are transient and resident communities affected by geoduck culture? The study looked at the disturbance caused by planting geoduck and the disturbance caused by the harvest of the geoducks. Some transient species, (sea stars, crabs, cockles) showed an increase in abundance when culture gear was present while moon snails, flat fish and […]

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Stormwater toxicity and green stormwater treatment- Jenifer McIntyre-WSU-#s42014

October 23rd, 2014 by Joseph Peters · Comments Off on Stormwater toxicity and green stormwater treatment- Jenifer McIntyre-WSU-#s42014

Urban stormwater run off is showing an effect on survival of both juvenile coho and pre-spawning  adults. McIntyre shows a significant increase of mortality to coho due to stormwater runoff. Studies show if stormwater runoff is treated survival of coho improves.

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Stormwater Toxicity and Green Stormwater Treatment

October 23rd, 2014 by eoconnell · Comments Off on Stormwater Toxicity and Green Stormwater Treatment

This talk is being given by Jenifer McIntyre from Washington State University.  NOAA Fisheries and USFW have collaborated on this project. Stormwater runoff carries chemical contaminants. What their impact on aquatic life? Examples: Metals, oil and grease, plasticizers… Coho salmon are like a stormwater sentinal- they spend the first part of their lives in freshwater.  […]

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Mussel Watch

October 23rd, 2014 by Candace Penn · Comments Off on Mussel Watch

Jennifer Lanksbury DFW: Mussels are natural environmental samplers or indicators. Mussels are ideal to sample Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons PAHs from they unlike other shellfish mussels have no liver function and can contain chemicals for up to two months. PAHs are molecules found in oil and coal or fossil fuels. Department of fish and wildlife worked with the […]

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Shellfish at Work! A Budd Inlet nutrient bioextraction project

October 23rd, 2014 by rbrown · Comments Off on Shellfish at Work! A Budd Inlet nutrient bioextraction project

Eutrophication is a problem throughout Puget Sound and specifically in  Budd Inlet it has led to problems including low DO.  Bioextraction is a method of removing nitrogen through harvesting shellfish and seaweed.  Mussel harvesting is a method of “recycling” these excess nutrients.  PSI has been investigating this method for use in Puget Sound.  In 2011 a […]

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