SeaDoc killer whale stranding research referenced for Northern California stranding

In April 2015 a dead male orca stranded near Fort Bragg, California. In an article about the stranding, the Lost Coast Outpost referred to the rarity of finding dead orcas. "A 2013 study analyzing North Pacific killer-whale strandings back to 1925 noted that, "while orcas are some of the most widely distributed whales on Earth, very few dead ones are ever found." That 2013 study is our Spatial and temporal analysis of killer whale (Orcinus orca) strandings in the North Pacific Ocean and the benefits of a coordinated stranding response protocol, published in Marine Mammal Science. Here's … [Read more...]

April 2015 Update

seal response

In this issue: Can diseases really impede Salish Sea recovery? Multiple impacts of energy transportation projects. SeaDoc recognized in new children's book on ocean health. UC Davis Vet School is #1. Novel program to remove derelict crab pots featured in film. … [Read more...]

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

tank cars by j gaydos

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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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...]

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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February 2015 update

sea lion

In this issue: Saving a Steller sea lion in Canada, invasive isopods, stopping transmission of pet diseases to wildlife, compare sea lion teeth to harbor seal teeth, upcoming lecture on Tides, Thor Hanson goes to Olympia, Ingrid Rasch on climate action, and many upcoming events for the launch of the Salish Sea book. … [Read more...]