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Many salmon runs are in decline, as are the salmon-dependent orcas. A mysterious wasting disease has lately ravaged the abundant sea stars. Washington Sea Grant-funded research produces unbiased scientific information that helps communities, policy makers, and residents understand the value of and threats to our state’s marine life.
Many articles in our newsletter, Sea Star, explore further the research that WSG-funded scientists conduct on changes in marine and coastal ecosystems. See the autumn 2014 issue’s “How ‘Bait-Saving Lines’ Became Global Bird Savers” and “Seabirds: Beautiful When They’re Alive, Useful When They’re Dead”; “Copepods May Cope, but Krill Cringe When the Water Turns Sour” in the spring 2014 issue; “A Code of Many Colors: The Salmon Genome Revealed” from autumn 2013; “Elwha Unchained, Fish in Flux” from summer 2013; and “Hiding from Hypoxia: How Fish and Invertebrates Seek Safety from Lethal Conditions in the Hood Canal” in the winter 2012 issue.
WSG staff share their expertise with communities and individuals, enriching the public’s appreciation of Washington’s diverse marine ecosystems. WSG field staff organize, train, and coordinate volunteers in many projects that monitor and protect those habitats.
- Marine Ecologist Jeff Adams is involved in the following activities:
- monitoring shoreline ecosystem changes, including the spread of sea star wasting disease,
- watching for European green crabs and other invasive species,
- controlling the spread of nonnative crayfish in a local lake, and
- introducing children and adults to local ecosystems through beach walks, tideflat tours, touch tanks at community festivals and many other experiences.
- WSG’s Marine Fisheries Scientist, Ed Melvin, and colleagues have worked to reduce bycatch of the Short-tailed Albatross, an endangered species for which incidental takes potentially could cost fisheries hundreds of millions of dollars.
- The use of engineered log jams in salmon habitat restoration
- Low survival in young Puget Sound Chinook
- Mapping the Chinook salmon genome
- Salmon recovery after Elwha Dam removal
- Otter Spotter: engaging the public in community science
- Acoustic model for monitoring marine noise
- Noninvasive assessment of orca decline
In the News
- Study shows high pregnancy failure in southern resident killer whales; links to nutritional stress and low salmon abundance
UW News, June 29, 2017
- Are we at a crossroads in the green crab invasion on Dungeness Spit?
Kitsap Sun, June 24, 2017
- “The blog” brings invasive crab to Puget Sound
EarthFix/KCTS9, May 5, 2017
- More invasiv green crabs found near Sequim
U.S. News, May 5, 2017
- Search resumes for invasive green crabs in area waters
Skagit Valley Herald, May 4, 2017
- European green crab
A primer on how to protect coastal habitat from this invasive species
- Marine zooplankton of Puget Sound identification card
Use this card to identify most zooplankton groups found in the Puget Sound region
- Guide to Pacific Northwest aquatic invasive species
Learn about “least wanted” marine or freshwater invasive species threatening our region