Wooden hats for harbor seals?

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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 those that are used on seals around the world. But what happens when these plastic tags fall off as the … [Read more...]

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Searching for young of the year rockfish

Diving 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 "bonus" years when numerous rockfish babies are born. As a result, it is really important to know when … [Read more...]

August 2015 Update

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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 inspire thousands. … [Read more...]

July 2015 Update

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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

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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

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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

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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...]