News from the SeaDoc Society
January 2016
Happy New Year! Here at SeaDoc we hope that 2016 brings with it an ever increasing awareness of how important the Salish Sea is for all of our well being. It feeds us, inspires us, and it drives our regional economy. Taking care of it will serve us well.
Joe Gaydos
Chief Scientist and Regional Director
Canadian / US failure of collaboration puts the Salish Sea at risk
"We need to deal with the impacts of new energy projects at the level of the ecosystem, not just project to project," says wildlife veterinarian Dr. Joe Gaydos, lead author of a new paper analyzing the combined threats posed by six fossil fuel transportation projects in the Salish Sea.
The new study by SeaDoc and the Swinomish Tribe was recently published in the international journal PLoS ONE.
What does the study show? Canada and the US need to do a better job collaborating on Salish Sea issues.
In the Salish Sea, there is no governing body that can require that multiple proposed projects be evaluated for their cumulative impact.
As noted in the paper, "This is a failure in coastal ecosystem management that stands to have a direct impact on the Coast Salish and likely on most of the 7 million other people that also depend on this ecosystem."
Six years ago the Salish Sea was named. It is now time for the governing bodies responsible for the Salish Sea to create an effective system for evaluating threats across the entire ecosystem.
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Update from Argentina: Gulls are feasting on living whales
Scientists and veterinarians from SeaDoc's parent organization, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, are studying marine wildlife and ecosystem health around the world.
We thought you might be particularly interested in some work recently published by our colleague in Argentina, Dr. Marcela Uhart, because it highlights how the actions people take on land can so directly impact the sea.
Dr. Uhart and co-authors report on how Kelp gulls are eating the skin and blubber from the backs of living southern right whales at their calving grounds at Peninsula Vald├ęs. The study tracks the increasing incidence of gulls wounding whales.
Click here to understand the impacts on the mothers and calves and hear how the inappropriate handling of fishing and urban waste might be fostering these attacks.
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Thank you for supporting SeaDoc in 2015
We want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who gave so generously to SeaDoc in 2015! As you know, our work is primarily supported by gifts from folks like you who care about the health of the Salish Sea. We turn your donations into information for designing a healthy Salish Sea. Thank you from all of us at SeaDoc and from the wildlife we are working daily to protect.
Marine Lecture: Dr. Martin Haulena on marine mammal stranding and response
Few people know more about marine mammal stranding and response in the Salish Sea than Dr. Martin Haulena, staff veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. He's responded to all types of marine mammal strandings, from giant gray whales and Steller sea lions to newborn porpoises, and he has pioneered the remote anesthesia of sea lions entrapped in marine debris.
On Tuesday, January 12, Dr. Haulena will discuss marine mammal stranding trends and response efforts in the Salish Sea. He'll also discuss his work darting 2,000 pound sea lions to remove the packing straps or fishing gear that has entangled them.
Watch a video about these rescue efforts.
The free talk happens at 7pm at the Emmanuel Parish Hall on the water in Eastsound.
Event Details
SeaDoc in the news
Reporter Jessi Loerch wrote about our recent paper on the fish of the Salish Sea in the Everett Herald. She focused particularly on the striking illustrations, and interviewed illustrator Joseph Tomelleri about his drawing process.
Upcoming events
Veterinarian Martin Haulena of the Vancouver Aquarium will talk about marine mammal strandings in the Salish Sea. Emmanuel Parish Hall, Eastsound. Free.
Serge Dedina: Surfing the Border
WEDNESDAY, February 24, 7pm
Ocean advocate Serge Dedina speaks on his efforts to protect coastal habitats on both sides of the US/Mexican border. Please note that this talk does not follow our usual "second Tuesday" routine! Emmanuel Parish Hall, Eastsound. Free.
Eleni Petrou of the University of Washington will speak on the relationship between Pacific herring and human communities in a talk entitled, "Chasing the Silver Sea of Fish." Emmanuel Parish Hall, Eastsound. Free.
Joe will speak on the Salish Sea and sign books at the LOTT WET Center in Olympia.
The next Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is April 13-16 in Vancouver BC. Details are here.
Joe will speak on the Salish Sea and sign books. All are welcome. The meeting takes place at the Whatcom Museum.
Joe Gaydos talks at Kitsap Audubon
May 12, 2016, details TBA.
Joe will speak on the Salish Sea and sign books.
SeaDoc Wine and Sea Auction
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Details to come. Please mark your calendar!
About SeaDoc
The SeaDoc Society uses science to find solutions to the problems facing marine ecosystems. Our work focuses on the Salish Sea, one of the most ecologically productive inland seas in the world. The Salish Sea extends from Olympia, Washington to Campbell River, BC., and is home to over 8 million people.
We are a program of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, a center of excellence at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
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