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January 2014 SeaDoc Society Update

SeaDoc starts an important coastal cutthroat trout project


Coastal or sea-run cutthroat trout are freshwater fish that also move into the marine waters to feed and are an important recreational fishery in many parts of the Salish Sea.

Many people don't think of the San Juan Islands when they think of cutthroat trout, but they were historically caught in the area. Long-standing residents recall a time when these rare fish were much more abundant. While recent work documented cutthroat trout in some streams in the San Juan archipelago, little is known about the current status of coastal cutthroat trout in this area.

Thanks to funding raised from private donors, the SeaDoc Society just awarded a grant to Long Live the Kings to analyze the abundance of coastal cutthroat trout in the San Juan Islands.

With collaborators at the Wild Fish Conservancy, Kwi√°ht, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Long Live the Kings also will analyze the genetics and spawn-timing characteristics of cutthroat trout from multiple streams in the San Juan Islands to determine if there are unique stocks within each of the multiple watersheds and whether coastal cutthroat trout in the San Juans are a unique stock complex. This work will provide the basis for determining and prioritizing appropriate recovery efforts and measuring results after recovery begins.

Photo: J. Glasgow, Wild Fish Conservancy

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Joe Gaydos receives conservation research award

We're thrilled to announce that Dr. Joe Gaydos is being honored with the 2014 Seattle Aquarium Conservation Research Award at the annual Chairman's Dinner, held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Aquarium.

Former NOAA administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco will also be honored with the Seattle Aquarium Medal for her leadership and lifetime accomplishments.

To see if there are seats available at the Chairman's Dinner please call Nicole Bennion at 206-386-4315 or email The RSVP deadline is today, Monday, January 6.

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Nominations due for Salish Sea Science Prize

troutThe Salish Sea Science prize is given every two years by the SeaDoc Society to highlight the importance of science in providing a foundation for designing a healthy Salish Sea ecosystem.

Nominations are due February 1, 2014. To nominate a candidate, send a written narrative of two pages or less to Jean Lyle ( by 5pm on February 1. For details, see

Photo: John Elliott receives the Salish Sea Science Prize at the 2011 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 14, 7pm. Marine Science Lecture: John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research Collective speaks on "Changes in Harbor Porpoise and other Cetaceans in the Salish Sea." Emmanuel Church Parish Hall in Eastsound.

February 1. Nomination deadline for the Salish Sea Science Prize.

Tuesday, February 11, 7pm. Marine Science Lecture: Joan Drinkwin of the Northwest Straits Initiative on "How Removing Derelict Gear is Recovering Marine Wildlife." Emmanuel Church Parish Hall in Eastsound.

Tuesday, March 11, 7pm. Marine Science Lecture: Kit Rawson, retired fisheries biologist with the Tulalip Tribes and SeaDoc board member, on "Washington Tribes and Salmon Recovery: Partnerships and Perceived Conflicts." Emmanuel Church Parish Hall in Eastsound.

2014 Salish Sea Conference: The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference will be held April 30-May 2, 2014, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.

2014 Wine 'n' Sea Auction: Our 2014 auction will be on Saturday, July 12th, 2014 on Orcas Island. Mark your calendar!

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The SeaDoc Society uses science to find solutions to the problems facing marine ecosystems. 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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