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August 2015 Update

In this issue: Eat much kelp? SeaDoc honors environmental reporter Christopher Dunagan, SeaDoc celebrates 15 years of success, a boy and his dog clean a beach and … [Read More...]

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Thor Hansen on Feathers

Thor Hansen's award-winning book, "Feathers," provides the basis for this engaging lecture on birds and the way humans have used and studied feathers through recorded history.

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Wooden hats for harbor seals?

Each summer SeaDoc and The Whale Museum hire interns to help out with the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Part of their job is to check out abandoned harbor seal pups to see if they need to be taken into rehabilitation. We want to know if a particular pup has been seen before and if it has moved. Simple hat tags allow the seals to be identified from a distance. In the past, the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network has used standard plastic hat tags similar to … [Read More...]

Diving for young of the year rockfish

Searching for young of the year rockfish

When you have fish that can live from 80 to 200 years, depending on the species, recovery can be a slow process. That’s the case with some of the 27 different rockfish (Sebastes spp.) in the Salish Sea. Many species were over-harvested and are now in need of recovery. One important strategy is protecting the old females who produce copious young. But rockfish don't birth a big crop of babies every year. (Yes, rockfish give birth to live baby fish.) Instead they seem to have periodic … [Read More...]

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July 2015 Update

In this issue: Divers needed for economic impact study, SeaDoc presents on Marine Protected Areas to federal committee, 7 year old scientist does oil spill study, interns arrive, Salish Sea book talk video, snuggle up with sharks. … [Read More...]

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SCUBA Divers: help us understand the economic impact of recreational diving in Washington State

The SeaDoc Society is interested in better understanding the values and perspectives of SCUBA in Washington State and the economic impacts it provides. Take the survey While diving conditions may not resemble those of the tropics, Washington State provides some of the most spectacular diving in the United States. The flora and fauna and seafloor topography of this area are sensational. However, there is little, if any, information regarding the economic impacts that this … [Read More...]


SeaDoc presents to Federal Marine Protected Areas Committee

On June 3, 2015, in Tacoma, Washington, SeaDoc Society Board Chair Dr. Leslie Dierauf shared the mission, goals, and achievements of SeaDoc’s Salish Sea program with the U. S. Federal Advisory Committee on Marine Protected Areas at its annual meeting. Comprised of citizens with diverse marine environmental expertise from private and public sectors, the 20-person advisory committee was chartered by presidential Executive Order in 2000 to advise the Secretaries of Interior and Commerce on … [Read More...]

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June 2015 update

In this issue: SeaDoc honored by WDFW, World Oceans Day June 8, Monthly giving, analysis of voter initiative 1401, new videos on shorebirds and tides, Wine and Sea Auction, cruise the San Juan Islands with Joe Gaydos and Audrey Benedict. … [Read More...]

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Basking shark copyright Florian Graner. Used with permission.

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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