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March 2015 Update

In this issue: SeaDoc helps complete the necropsy of J32 and finds parasites in her ears, National Geographic features SeaDoc's work on birds and forage fish, board … [Read More...]

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Milton Love on the incredible fish of the Salish Sea

Milton Love knows more about the fishes of the eastern Pacific Ocean (that's the part of it that lies off the west coast of North America) than most people, and he's not afraid to show it. From his trips in a one-person submersible to his disdain for salmon, this is an entertaining talk that will keep you watching.

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SeaDoc helps complete necropsy of J32, Rhapsody

Since publishing the first comprehensive paper on diseases of killer whales in 2004, SeaDoc has worked with collaborators to learn more about diseases of killer whales and how they might impact recovery of the endangered southern resident population. Last week, that tradition continued. SeaDoc's Joe Gaydos, working with scientists from NOAA, UC Santa Cruz and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, completed the necropsy of beloved southern resident J32, known to killer whale enthusiasts … [Read More...]

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Rob Williams named as 2015 PEW Marine Fellow

Canadian scientist Dr. Rob Williams, a past SeaDoc-funded scientist, has been named as a 2015 Pew Marine Fellow. Williams is a marine conservation scientist with the Oceans Initiative and Oceans Research & Conservation Association. The prestigious award will support Williams' effort to identify solutions to reduce ocean noise in important marine habitats. Evidence shows that ocean noise caused by people is doubling every decade, and the effects of this increased noise on sea creatures are … [Read More...]

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National Geographic features SeaDoc work on birds and forage fish

Often overlooked, forage fish are a key part of the food web, and they’re vital to the well-being of threatened and endangered birds, fish, and marine mammals. A recent National Geographic article by Craig Welch puts a spotlight on the controversy over herring harvest, and references SeaDoc’s important paper in Conservation Biology that showed that diving seabirds that eat exclusively forage fish are 16 times more likely to be in decline than bird species with wider diets. Read the article: … [Read More...]

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Board member Dr. Deborah Brosnan inducted into Irish Education 100

Dr. Deborah Brosnan, a founding member of the SeaDoc Society's Board, was recently honored as a Irish Education 100 fellow. The award honors Irish educators who have had an impact on the education system of the United States. A marine scientist, Brosnan was recognized for her work on ocean ecosystem hazards and their effects on humans. Brosnan's organization, the Brosnan Center, focuses on ocean ecosystems, building resilience for environmental disasters and extreme events, integrating … [Read More...]

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February 2015 update

In this issue: Saving a Steller sea lion in Canada, invasive isopods, stopping transmission of pet diseases to wildlife, compare sea lion teeth to harbor seal teeth, upcoming lecture on Tides, Thor Hanson goes to Olympia, Ingrid Rasch on climate action, and many upcoming events for the launch of the Salish Sea book. … [Read More...]

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Tracking Transboundary Trouble

How do you know if your ecosystem is in trouble? One clue is the number of species that are in decline or endangered. If that number gets bigger over time, you’re probably heading in the wrong direction. Publications We publish our Species of Concern … [Read More...]

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Killer Whale Necropsy Protocol (2014)

Killer whale strandings are rare events and biologists and veterinarians should use every stranding as an opportunity to learn more about this species. This necropsy and disease testing protocol, first published in 2005 and updated in 2014, will provide guidelines … [Read More...]

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Sea Star Wasting Disease

Update November 17 2014 SeaDoc was among dozens of collaborators that recently published a paper linking a virus to sea star wasting disease. The paper showed that a virus was involved in the massive outbreak that, since June 2013, has killed millions of sea … [Read More...]

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