July 2015 Update

diver by pete naylor

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...]

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

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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 recreational sector provides the state of Washington. This survey is designed to ask pertinent questions … [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 issues concerning a national system of marine protected areas and other matters relating to place-based … [Read more...]

SeaDoc interviewed by Vancouver Sun


In early June, the Vancouver Sun interviewed Joe Gaydos and Audrey Benedict about The Salish Sea. The interviewer asked specifically about the role of eelgrass in a healthy Salish Sea, and about the importance of tidal mudflats to migratory birds. Worth reading. See it here. For other audio interviews in June 2015, please see our Salish Sea book page. … [Read more...]

June 2015 update

scoter by peggy cadigan

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...]

WA State voter Initiative No. 1401

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We at SeaDoc have spent some time studying Washington State's proposed voter Initiative, Measure No. 1401. This Initiative is designed to increase Washington State's capacity to prosecute people for the intrastate trafficking of endangered species parts. There is already a federal mechanism for doing this, but this Initiative is proposed to strengthen our State's ability to address this issue. SeaDoc took the time to look at this proposed voter Initiative (signatures are currently being collected to put it on the fall ballot) because multiple species of marine turtles, sharks and rays are … [Read more...]

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Coverage of Washington Department of Wildlife Citizen Award

The SeaDoc Society received a 2015 Citizen Award from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. From the press release: Another organization honored during this year's ceremony was the SeaDoc Society, a program of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Headquartered on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, SeaDoc was recognized for efforts to protect Washington's salt-water habitats and wildlife. Its work in Washington includes data gathering, mapping and analysis on issues such as derelict fishing gear, marine bird population … [Read more...]

SeaDoc’s Jen Renzullo quoted in LA Times article on whale entanglements

SeaDoc's Jen Renzullo, who works on derelict fishing gear programs in California, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about the record number of whales that have been entangled in crab fishing gear off the California coast. “There are a couple of things going on here, and they’ve become political,” Jennifer Renzullo, a research biologist at UC Davis, said in an interview. “For some reason, perhaps because of unusual conditions at sea, humpback and gray whales that tend to migrate through the areas such as Monterey Bay have been spending more time there. Coincidentally, the crab … [Read more...]

Tracking “Leo Henderson,” a Steller sea lion pup

Leo Henderson makes a dash for the water. Photo by Robin Lindsey

What do we learn from stranded marine mammals - and from tracking them after they are rehabilitated and released? In short, a lot! Over the past few months, SeaDoc partnered with multiple other organizations to help a young Steller sea lion pup that stranded off the coast of Washington State. The effort has required complicated decisions about how to best provide care and release the animal back into the wild. Steller sea lion pups nurse for about a year and have been known to stay with their mothers for up to three years. This pup stranded at about 4 months old. It was initially … [Read more...]

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