Nearshore Habitat Mapping. The resource was developed by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group with support from the EPA, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Center for Data Science, University of Washington-Tacoma. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are the most commonly seen marine mammals in the Salish Sea and can be found throughout the region year round. Articles range from political ecology to the development of human wellbeing indicators and directly address current Puget Sound restoration efforts. Examples include pharmaceuticals (NSAIDs, birth control pills, etc), personal care products (sun screen agents, scents, preservatives, etc), food additives (artificial sweeteners) and compounds used in industrial and commercial applications (flame retardants, antibiotics, etc). Salish Sea Nearshore Habitat Recovery Project . Invasive species are considered a top threat to the balance of ecosystems worldwide. Sediment health in Central Puget Sound has shown a recent steep decline, according to a report by the Washington Department of Ecology. A December 2014 report from the University of Washington examines when and where climate change impacts will occur in the Puget Sound watershed. From orcas to starfish to humans, disease affects every living creature in the ecosystem. What is killing so many young salmon before they can return home to spawn? Audio recordings of rhinoceros auklets on Protection Island. After a wet January, precipitation has been low and air temperatures have been cooler. This provides a visual picture of the health of Puget Sound, which they call Eyes Over Puget Sound or EOPS. Here are selected facts related to stormwater, its prevalence, how it affects the Puget Sound ecosystem, and its environmental and economic impacts. In recent decades, hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to restore habitat for Puget Sound salmon. The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. November 13, 2020 and proceed chronologically through the agenda. Her 2013 paper in the. We spent a day with a biologist spotting herring eggs and considering the future of one of our region's most ecologically and culturally important fish species. They are members of the auk family, with stocky bodies adapted to “flying” underwater as they dive in pursuit of a wide range of fish and invertebrate prey. The festival had 3500 participants. A 2014 King County report projects the capital and maintenance costs of the stormwater treatment facilities that would be needed, within WRIA 9 and the Puget Sound region, to fully comply with the Clean Water Act. A 2015 report from Snohomish County, King County and the Tulalip Tribes outlines protection strategies for salmon and salmon habitat within the Snohomish Basin. A 2014 report from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources looks at the potential impact of increased nitrogen on eelgrass health. In the second quarter (Oct-December) we held a half day forage fish workshop that netted a total of nine new volunteers and an evening nearshore and forage fish presentation that netted four. A 2015 paper in the journal PLoS ONE identifies ongoing and proposed energy-related development projects that will increase marine vessel traffic in the Salish Sea. In the course of building homes, businesses, roads, and infrastructure, the lands and waters of Puget Sound have been drastically modified. FDEP Coral Reef Conservation Program iii June 2014 sites and highest in the inner reef sites, however this also varied by corridor. Their work has been classified as critical by the state. The decaying seawall along Seattle’s waterfront is providing scientists with an opportunity to improve long-lost habitat for migrating salmon. Vern Morgas remembers the early days of scuba diving in Puget Sound. Chinook, coho and steelhead populations in Puget Sound have declined dramatically over the past 30 years. The findings suggest that a majority of cases involve non-native American shad and that asphyxiation tends to occur more with reproductively active females than other age and sex classes. consistent and valid estimates of habitat impacts, the habitat values need to be determined with a consistent and reliable method. The following paper found 119 species at risk and was presented as part of the proceedings of the 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, April 30 – May 2, 2014, Seattle, Washington. An interactive map created by the Washington Department of Natural Resources provides access to eelgrass monitoring data collected between 2000 and 2015 at selected sites in Puget Sound. A 2014 paper in the journal Aquatic Mammals examines coastal river otter predation on rockfish at three islands in the Salish Sea. A 2019 paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans outlines how the Salish Sea Model describes the impacts of climate change, sea level rise and nutrient loads on the region's nearshore environment. A 2018 article in the journal Restoration Ecology reports on efforts to identify potential restoration sites using simulation modeling, a geodatabase for spatial screening, and test planting. A better understanding is needed, however, on the importance of the nearshore to commercially important species to help managers conserve fish populations and protect essential habitats. An independent review conducted by the Puget Sound Institute (PSI) is featured in findings by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology that there is currently “no compelling evidence” that humans are the cause for recent trends in declines in dissolved oxygen in Hood Canal. Evaluating Coastal and Nearshore Habitat Projects and Data Needs in the Great Lakes Issue. The article points to terrestrial or marine variables as likely determinants of egg loss. This article continues our coverage of the ecological impacts of disease in Puget Sound. This bounty program ceased in 1960, and in 1972, harbor seals became protected under the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act and by Washington State. Plants, animals, and pathogens all can be invasive. A 2015 paper in the Marine Ecology Press Series reports a trend toward more jellyfish and less of some forage fish species in Puget Sound. Now, federal biologists and legal experts are struggling to decide if spring Chinook should be granted their own legal protection under the Endangered Species Act. For more than a hundred years, property owners have seen shoreline erosion as the enemy. A 2015 paper in Oikos Journal examines the impacts of great blue heron predation on species diversity in eelgrass meadows in British Columbia. A number of on-going monitoring studies in the nearshore subtidal habitats (e.g., Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO); MBNMS monitoring projects) indicate that large, structural algae, seagrasses, and sessile habitat-forming invertebrates (e.g., sponges, anemones, tube worms) appear to be healthy and no major perturbations have been observed. The University of Washington Puget Sound Institute and Stanford University in collaboration with the Hood Canal Coordinating Council report on efforts to select human wellbeing indicators relevant to natural resource management in the Hood Canal watershed. They have been intensively studied within the Salish Sea and this species profile provides an overview of what is known about them. By the end of 2010, the PSP Science Panel’s efforts had reached the stage where an independent review by the WSAS (Washington State Academy of Sciences) was timely and useful to help guide its future indicator development efforts. The state's stay-at-home order has halted much of the field research that would normally be underway in Puget Sound this spring, but a small group of scientists and volunteers have been able to continue their search for an invading marauder along the shoreline. Airborne multispectral sensor data was collected at four (4) meter resolution to distinguish eight (8) intertidal vegetation types. The decaying seawall along Seattle’s waterfront is providing scientists with an opportunity to improve long-lost habitat for migrating salmon. Paper: Citizen science reveals an extensive shift in the winter distribution of migratory Western Grebes, About the Eyes Over Puget Sound monitoring program, Interacting coastal based ecosystem services— recreation and water quality in Puget Sound, Report: Sediment quality in Central Puget Sound, Influence of sex and body mass on harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) diving behavior, Photos: Swinomish shellfish harvesting and research, Database: Transport and fate of nutrient and pathogen loadings into nearshore Puget Sound, NOAA report establishes Chinook monitoring framework, Puget Sound Chinook Salmon recovery: a framework for the development of monitoring and adaptive management plans, Report: Stock assessment for Bocaccio in British Columbia waters for 2012, Sweetening the waters - the feasibility and efficacy of measures to protect Washington’s marine resources from ocean acidification, PSI review finds minimal evidence for human impacts on Hood Canal hypoxia, An overview of Shoreline armoring in Puget Sound, Intentional and unintentional introduction of invasive and non-native species, Ecosystem models expand our understanding of the Salish Sea. Quantification of Habitat and Community Relationships among Nearshore Temperate Fishes Through Analysis of Drop Camera Video Ryan R. Easton* College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, 104 CEOAS Administration Building, … Juvenile Puget Sound Chinook salmon spend their first critical months in saltwater feeding and growing in the sheltered water of nearshore habitat. By 1998 there were at least 102 intertidal and subtidal protected areas in Puget Sound, created and managed by at least 12 different agencies or organizations at the local, county, State and Federal level (Murray and Ferguson 1998). The kelp flora of the Pacific Northwest is one of the most diverse in the world. A summary of environmental conditions in Pacific Canadian Waters and the broader North East Pacific in 2013. The watersheds of Washington’s San Juan Islands were thought to be too small to support wild salmonid populations, and many streams flow only seasonally. Levees, dams, and toxic deposits are obvious and have site-specific impacts. A 2014 report describes a study of socio-cultural values associated with blueback salmon in the Quinault Indian Nation. The Puget Sound Model was designed and built in the early 1950s at the University of Washington School of Oceanography as a research and teaching tool for understanding Puget Sound circulation patterns. If you can handle these temperatures, now is a good time to go diving to benefit of good underwater visibility, just avoid windy days near wave-exposed beaches. Coccolithophores are blooming in Hood Canal. Topics include atmospheric forcing, precipitation patterns, oscillation trends, coastal upwelling, and climate change. But even as people around the world grapple with the effects of that disease, scientists are keeping watch on potential disasters from viruses and other pathogens for species in the world's oceans. These pervasive sources of pollution are so woven into our lives that they are almost invisible to us, but it’s becoming impossible to ignore their effects. The exhibit is based on the book of the same title by Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman, and tells the story of the largest dam removal in U.S. history. A 2017 paper in the journal Aquatic Mammals reports that harbor seals in the Salish Sea are less concerned about predators when they become habituated to humans. Non-native species are those that do not naturally occur in an ecosystem. A 2017 report from the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program presents an overview of selected recent monitoring and research activities focused on toxic contaminants in the Salish Sea. Several research groups in the region are investigating biological markers and/or impacts of Contaminant of Emerging Concern (CEC) exposure in different organisms. This paper describes a multi-year effort testing whether shoreline enhancements at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle have improved conditions for fish and invertebrates as compared to armored shorelines. The Nearshore Habitat Program monitors and evaluates the status and trends of marine vegetation for DNR and the Puget Sound Partnership. Now the race is on to identify which ones pose the greatest dangers. Eelgrass, a marine plant crucial to the success of migrating juvenile salmon and spawning Pacific herring, is stable and flourishing in Puget Sound, despite a doubling of the region’s human population and significant shoreline development over the past several decades. It was created after the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, and currently has a population of 2,500 members. A list of over 1800 benthic infaunal invertebrates is now available on the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. Although overall eelgrass abundance appears to be stable in Puget Sound, some local areas are showing declines. A 2015 report from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources summarizes the status and trends for native eelgrass and other seagrasses in Puget Sound from 2010-2013. The Corps’ recognition of the importance of Puget Sound and its nearshore zone can bring Federal funds to Washington State to complete projects that will restore the health of the nearshore zone. The Nearshore Habitat Program is grateful to several governmental entities that have provided funding for DNR to … After a long struggle with pollution, Drayton Harbor has reopened to year-round commercial oyster harvesting for the first time in 22 years. Birds that dive for fish while wintering in the Salish Sea are more likely to be in decline than nondiving birds with less specialized diets, according to a 2014 study led by the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. The list was prepared as part of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Marine Sediment Monitoring Program (MSMP). Based on the historical prevalence of nutrient pollution, shellfish closures, and phytoplankton blooms in commercial and recreational shellfish growing area, the project focused on three nearshore sites--the Hamma Hamma (WRIA 16), Dosewallips (WRIA 16) and Samish (WRIA 3). We continue our series on science findings from the 2018 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. In some cases, counts of fish returning to the rivers are just a tenth what they were in the 1980s. With its striking plumage and brilliant orange bill, the Tufted Puffin is an iconic seabird well known to native peoples, fishermen, and coastal communities throughout its range in the temperate and sub-arctic North Pacific. Airborne multispectral sensor data was collected at four (4) meter resolution to distinguish eight (8) intertidal vegetation types. Eight aquatic reserves in Puget Sound are being studied by volunteers working under the direction of state experts. © 2012-2020. Drugs like Prozac and cocaine have been showing up in the region’s salmon. Scientists say Puget Sound’s salmon are dying young and point to low growth rates in the marine environment as a possible cause. Nevertheless, this deep-burrowing mollusk has always been a signature part of the Salish Sea ecosystem. The resulting polygon-based inventory characterizes physical and biological components of nearshore habitat. A non-native species is considered invasive when it is capable of aggressively establishing itself and causing environmental damage to an ecosystem. It finds that management policies can benefit from increasingly collaborative planning with a focus on multiple benefits such as flood control, salmon recovery, recreation and resilience to climate change. The NHV model Contact  | Subscribe  |  UW Privacy  |  UW Terms of Use. The loss of nearshore habitat is the most significant threat to the health of marine waters in Puget Sound and Georgia Basin (British Columbia/Washington Marine Science Panel, 1994). More then 700 miles of Puget Sound shoreline is considered to be "armored," and as much as four miles of new armoring is added each year. The report and related appendices are available for download. This article looks at Puget Sound's geologic history as well as dynamic factors such as the flow of its rivers and currents. Formerly known as “Red Tide”, harmful algal blooms are a health concern for both wildlife and humans. New state guidelines provide alternatives to hard armor. Coral density on ridge habitat had a similar pattern to colonized A 2015 article in the journal Environmental Science and Technology presents additional isotopic evidence that glaucus-winged gulls in the Salish Sea are shifting their diets from marine to terrestrial sources due to human impacts. Subsequently, Park managers from the Southwest Alaska Network (SWAN) recognized that the program we designed for the Exxon Valdez Trustee Council fit their Vital Signs needs and a new partnership was established to implement long term monitoring in the nearshore marine habitat of the SWAN parks. Scientists are celebrating the recovery of the species sometimes known as the "puffing pig.". A 2015 article published in the Marine Ecology Progress Series identifies intraspecific differences in diet between harbor seals in the Salish Sea, suggesting implications for marine reserve management. The removal of shoreline armoring has become a priority for the state's Puget Sound recovery efforts. A 2014 paper decribes how monitoring the energy density of key Pacific salmon species could affect the recovery of northern and southern killer whales through fisheries management. Why did all the grebes leave? A series of videos produced by the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound describes its construction and operation. After an almost complete collapse in the 1970s, harbor porpoise populations in Puget Sound have rebounded. Researchers are analyzing the harmful effects of creosote-treated wood pilings on Pacific herring and shellfish in Puget Sound. The 2015 Puget Sound Fact Book brings together statistics and other information about the health and makeup of the Puget Sound ecosystem. A 2000 report from the Washington Department of Fish and  Wildlife provides information on haulout sites for harbor seals, Steller sea lions, California sea lions, and northern elephant seals located in Washington waters. Approximately 28 species of rockfish are reported from Puget Sound, spanning a range of life-history types, habitats, and ecological niches. 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