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The Mussels Behind Community Science – Presentation

August 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Digital Cocktails and Fishtales 

Mussels and Community Science Volunteers Help Monitor Pollution in Puget Sound

Join Harbor WildWatch for an evening learning about how transplanted mussels are used to monitor pollution in the Puget Sound nearshore and how community science partners are essential in helping to survey this large geographic area. We’ll further discuss the current status and geographic distribution of contaminants found in the study mussels and changes observed over time.


MarikoLangness is a Fish and Wildlife Biologistwith the WDFW Toxics Biological Observation System (TBiOS) team. She supports TBiOSmonitoring programs to determine the extent and magnitude of toxic contaminantsin marine and salmonid species living in Puget Sound and Washington’s Pacificcoast. Her work is largely focused on conducting biennial Washington StateMussel Watch surveys to assess the status and trends of toxic contaminants innearshore biota using transplanted native bay mussels.


Cocktails & Fishtales is Harbor WildWatch’s science-social series. Held monthly, these programs feature a scientist, researcher, or environmental artist on an ecological topic. While these programs are traditionally 21+ and held at a local taproom or venue, during the pandemic they have shifted to an online format for all ages. They continue to serve as an engaging and interactive way to learn about the environment, and bring together eco-enthusiasts from our local community… and, now, beyond. Questions and interaction are highly encouraged!

Cocktails & Fishtales are educational events. As such, Harbor WildWatch does not endorse any speaker, service, or product represented at Cocktails & Fishtales.

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August 18, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm