Not only does SeaDoc conduct important conservation-focused research, but we also fund other prominent scientists to conduct needed studies. This year we request proposals in two topic areas. 1) Deep sea research that needs a submersible platform for data collection. 2) Research that will provide objective science on pressing wildlife and ecosystem health issues to inform and guide policy and management. Proposals are due January 12, 2018.
January Monthly Update
How does observation of wildlife impact the economy? Where in the Salish Sea are Pacific sand lance and why is it important that we know the answer? As we enter the new year, how healthy (or unhealthy) are our oceans? We discuss those topics and more in our first newsletter of 2018!
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Did you ever imagine a Northern Abalone could do this? 23-second video shot in the San Juan Islands in November 2013.
By Justin Cox
Sand lance are a small forage fish known for burrowing into the sand at the bottom of the sea. They’re largely out of human sight, but it would be a mistake to ignore them because they play a crucial role on the bottom of the food web that runs all the way to the top.
They’re an important food source for sea birds like the marbled murrelet and fish like Chinook salmon. If the Pacific sand lance population struggles, a negative ripple effect could be seen all the way up to … [Read More...]
By Bob Friel
Half a century into the Digital Age it sometimes feels like we’re evolving from animals to house plants, rooted to our chairs and sustained only by the light of glowing screens. Americans, though, are traditionally outdoorsy types, and the latest survey from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) proves that omnipresent electronic devices have not killed our desire to get outside.
USFWS’s National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation is … [Read More...]
SeaDoc is excited to announce our newest addition to the team, Justin Cox, who will serve as Communications and Marketing Manager starting in January. If Justin’s name rings a bell, it’s because he has contributed to SeaDoc for the past few years in his role with the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis. He and his family will arrive at the island at the end of January. Allow Justin to introduce himself:
My family and I are extremely excited for this opportunity and we … [Read More...]
By Markus Naugle
Over the weekend, The Semiahmoo Yacht Club gathered to celebrate end of year holidays and the SeaDoc Society with a generous donation of $1,000 towards our important work! Located in Blaine, Washington, the yacht club promotes recreational boating, water safety, facilities improvement and good fellowship and sportsmanship with members, friends and the public.
This is one great example of how motivated individuals with a shared mission can make a difference in preserving … [Read More...]
“We need to deal with the impacts of new energy projects at the level of the ecosystem, not just project to project," says wildlife veterinarian Dr. Joe Gaydos, lead author of a new paper analyzing the combined threats posed by six fossil fuel transportation … [Read More...]
Noren, S. R., D. P. Noren, and J. K. Gaydos. 2014. Living in the fast lane: rapid development of the locomotor muscle in immature harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena). Journal of Comparative Physiology B. December 2014, Volume 184, … [Read More...]
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.
We publish our Species of Concern … [Read More...]
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...]
Update January 21, 2016
SeaDoc recently spent 2 days at a sea star wasting disease summit hosted by the Seattle Aquarium.
Scientists from all over the US and Canada who are studying this disease came to share their research and learn from each other. … [Read More...]