SeaDoc helps Coast Salish Tribes and First Nations study multiple impacts of energy projects

tanker by richard greenwood

People talk about a new coal terminal. Others about a new pipeline. Some worry about increased shipment of crude oil by rail. But what’s the cumulative impact of all the energy projects being proposed for the Salish Sea? That’s the question that was addressed at a recent meeting of the Coast Salish Gathering, where SeaDoc scientist Joe Gaydos and Swinomish Tribal biologist Jamie Donatuto discussed a study they undertook last year. Between coal terminals, oil pipeline terminals, liquefied natural gas terminals, and the increased shipment of coal and Bakken shale oil by train, there are … [Read more...]

Lost Gear short film features SeaDoc work to recover commercial crab traps

still from lost gear film

Lost Gear from TruthBeTold on Vimeo. This short film features a surfer, a commercial crab fisherman, and a sustainable seafood restaurant owner. The commercial crabbing section features work by SeaDoc's Kirsten Gilardi and Jen Renzullo to set up a sustainable commercial crab pot recovery program off the coast of Northern California. … [Read more...]

March 2015 Update

closeup of killer whale teeth

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 member Dr. Deborah Brosnan honored, SeaDoc-funded scientist Dr. Rob Williams gets Pew fellowship, staff news, oil spill workshop, and many upcoming events. … [Read more...]

SeaDoc helps complete necropsy of J32, Rhapsody

closeup of killer whale teeth

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 as Rhapsody. In December, J32 was found dead near Comox, British Columbia. Led by Dr. Steve … [Read more...]

Rob Williams named as 2015 PEW Marine Fellow

rob williams

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 not well understood. Learn more about Rob's work on ocean noise. Williams is one of five … [Read more...]

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Sea lion rescue featured in Islands Sounder

Our work to rescue sea lions that are entangled in marine debris was featured on the front page of the Islands Sounder on February 18. “The biggest challenge when working with a 1,400-pound animal is obviously safety - for the people and for the animal,” said Gaydos, chief scientist and regional director of the Orcas-based SeaDoc Society, which conducts and sponsors scientific research in the Salish Sea. “You don’t want anybody to get hurt and you don’t want the animal to get hurt.” … [Read more...]

National Geographic features SeaDoc work on birds and forage fish

Herring by jacob botter

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...]

Geology and bathymetry of the San Juan Islands

bathymetry map

This bathymetric map of the San Juan Islands shows the depth of the water throughout the islands, as well as the geology of the islands. Originally published within "Geology and Seafloor Bathymetry of the San Juan Islands" produced by Greene, H.G,. Dieter, B., Endris, C. Lopez, H., Murai, L., and Erdey, M. of the Center for Habitat Studies, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.   You can download the entire 11.7MB file using the link above. … [Read more...]

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Detailed bathymetry, backscatter, and habitat maps of the San Juan Islands archipelago

map quadrants

The following maps were produced by the Center for Habitat Studies at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in cooperation with Tombolo, the SeaDoc Society, Natural Resources Canada, and the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Each quadrant has three maps: bathymetry, backscatter, and habitat You can download each map individually or get a zip package containing all the maps (70mb). Quadrant 1: Bathymetry Backscatter Habitat Quadrant 2: Bathymetry Backscatter Habitat Quadrant 3: Bathymetry Backscatter Habitat Quadrant 4: … [Read more...]

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Board member Dr. Deborah Brosnan inducted into Irish Education 100

Dr. Deborah Brosnan

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 science to solve pressing problems, and planning for a changing world. Read the award citation … [Read more...]

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