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 declines, orca whale disease, forage fish spawning areas and the status of tufted puffins.
“It’s difficult to pare down a short list of the important contributions SeaDoc has made in working with the department,” said Eric Gardner, WDFW wildlife program deputy assistant director. “They have been active, productive contributors on a surprising range of topics in support of Washington’s marine wildlife and coastal ecosystems.”