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

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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...]

Video: Jared Towers on minke whales in the Salish Sea


In November of 2014, Jared Towers of MERS, the Marine Education and Research Society, spoke about his research on minke whales. Minkes are the smallest baleen whales in the North Pacific Ocean, averaging 26 to 29 feet in length, but also one of the fastest of all the whales and dolphins. They are estimated to live for 30-60 years, are normally solitary, and prefer to spend time in very specific habitats where they forage on small schooling fishes. Jared Towers is involved in several cutting edge research projects with minke whales, including investigations into their population … [Read more...]

Video: Robyn du Pre on derelict gear removal


On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Robyn du Pre of the Northwest Straits Foundation came to Orcas to talk about how the local effort to remove lost fishing nets and crabbing gear has strengthened our local economy and helped recover marine wildlife populations. Over the last decade, the Northwest Straits Initiative has removed 4,605 nets from shallow waters in the Salish Sea, saving the lives of more than 3.5 million marine animals that would have otherwise been entrapped and killed by these nets each year. And guess what, it's cost-effective. A joint Northwest Straits - SeaDoc Society study … [Read more...]

Video: John Calambokidis on Harbor Porpoise and other cetaceans in the Salish Sea


Although the harbor porpoise is the most abundant and widely dispersed cetacean species in the Salish Sea, its probably one of the least well known. Believe it or not, we still know very little about their habitat preferences in the Salish Sea, if the population is increasing, decreasing or stable, how they are related to harbor porpoise outside of the Salish Sea, and even when and where they have their young. We do know that Harbor porpoise are among the smallest of the cetaceans, reaching an average size of about 5 feet and 120 pounds. They can dive deep, more than 655 feet, but usually … [Read more...]

Video: Julie Stein on archaeology and early coastal settlement patterns

Julie Stein lecture

From the press release: Have you ever wondered how people lived in the San Juan Islands thousands of years ago? What resources did they depend upon? Did they always eat salmon? What about elk? Where did they live? Dr. Julie Stein, author of “Exploring Coast Salish Prehistory,” will share the stories that archaeology tells about life in the San Juan Islands before recorded history. A professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington and the director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Dr. Stein has made her career studying adaptations of coastal prehistoric … [Read more...]

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Video: Gary Greene on Exploring the Salish Seafloor


You don’t go looking for lions on the Arctic tundra or for grizzly bears in the tropical rainforest – that is if you hope to find them. The topside world presents a wide variety of biomes inhabited by plants and animals adapted to survive in each special place. Our underwater world is no different. However, for people working to recover the Salish Sea, it’s been harder to protect threatened marine creatures and their critical underwater habitats simply because it’s so difficult to find them. Beneath the surface of the Salish Sea lie a dazzling variety of habitats. We all know about kelp … [Read more...]

Video: Peter Arcese on the Unintended Consequences of Human Actions

Video_ Peter Arcese on the Unintended Consequences of Human Actions

Peter Arcese's amazing lecture on the Indirect Effects of Humans on Native Species and Ecosystems. Worth watching every minute... If it doesn't show in your browser, view on YouTube at http://youtu.be/902lIFH1qIs Speaker: Peter Arcese, University of British Columbia. Peter Arcese is on the Forestry faculty at the University of British Columbia, where he researches the ecology and evolution of small populations, the indirect effects of humans on the ecology, and the evolution and conservation of bird, mammal and plant populations.   … [Read more...]

Video: Milton Love on Fishes of the Pacific Coast

SeaDoc Society Lecture_ Rockfishes, Thornyheads and Scorpionfishes - John Butler - YouTube

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the irreverent Dr. Milton Love graced Orcas Island with an in-depth look at some of the fascinating fishes of the Salish Sea. Milton Love is the author of the 672-page book, Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast, and has published over 90 scientific publications on the fishes of the Pacific Coast. He will discuss highlights from this book and will entertain the audience with amazing facts and stories about fishes. Dr. Milton Love is a research biologist at the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, … [Read more...]

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Video: Rockfish Recompression


This entertaining video shows how you can release bloated rockfish to give them a chance at survival. Rockfish are long-lived fish (many live to 100 years or more!) found in the Northeast Pacific ocean. Seven species are considered overfished and several states require these species to be discarded if captured. However throwing these fish overboard often leads to their demise because of pressure-related injuries called barotrauma. Find out why a rockfish gets barotrauma and how to use a variety of recompression devices to help rockfish return to their depth of capture. Have a heart, do your … [Read more...]

Video: Erin Ashe on Dolphins of the Pacific Northwest


Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, also known as “Lags,” a shortened form of their scientific name Lagenorhynchus obliquidens, are offshore schooling dolphins that are becoming more common in the Salish Sea. They’re fast, they jump and leap from the water, and like most cetaceans, they have amazingly large brains. Watch the video learn more about these fascinating animals and the cutting-edge research that is helping us better understanding their population dynamics. Erin Ashe, a Ph.D student at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, has had a SeaDoc-funded project to study Lags in … [Read more...]