ocean ecosystems http://kplu.org en Sediment health declining in central Puget Sound http://kplu.org/post/sediment-health-declining-central-puget-sound <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists examining the health of Puget Sound have uncovered a new mystery involving the very bottom of the food chain.</span></p><p>A <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1303021.html" target="_blank">new study</a> from the state Department of Ecology shows toxins in sediments have declined over the past decade.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it also found declining health of the creatures that live in the sediment.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8994 at http://kplu.org Sediment health declining in central Puget Sound New environmental group to serve as Puget Sound watchdog http://kplu.org/post/new-environmental-group-serve-puget-sound-watchdog <p>With its eelgrass beds and rocky beaches, Puget Sound’s shoreline is frequented by hundreds of species of fish and other creatures. State and federal agencies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on its <a href="http://www.psp.wa.gov/sos.php">restoration</a>.</p><p>But Amy Carey, Executive Director of a new group called <a href="http://soundaction.org/#!/puget-sound-on-the-brink">Sound Action</a>, says the marine ecosystems that support sensitive species are still declining.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:01:06 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8390 at http://kplu.org New environmental group to serve as Puget Sound watchdog Gov. Gregoire announces next steps on ocean acidification http://kplu.org/post/gov-gregoire-announces-next-steps-ocean-acidification <p>SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed <a href="http://www.governor.wa.gov/execorders/eo_12-07.pdf">an executive order</a> directing state officials to work on the problem of ocean acidification.</p><p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:49:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7207 at http://kplu.org Gov. Gregoire announces next steps on ocean acidification Blue Ribbon panel warns about dangers of ocean acidification http://kplu.org/post/blue-ribbon-panel-warns-about-dangers-ocean-acidification <p>Carbon emissions are threatening Washington&rsquo;s shellfish industry. That&rsquo;s the concern of the Governor&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/water/marine/oceanacidification.html#members">Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification</a>, which meets today in Seattle.</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 17:44:22 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5076 at http://kplu.org Blue Ribbon panel warns about dangers of ocean acidification Hearing Thursday on decline of salmon in Canada's Fraser River http://kplu.org/post/hearing-thursday-decline-salmon-canadas-fraser-river <p>In British Columbia on Thursday, Canadian scientists <a href="http://www.cohencommission.ca/en/">will testify</a> about the decline of salmon in the Fraser River.&nbsp;</p><p>Even if you don&rsquo;t like fish, advocates say you should still be concerned. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 01:51:42 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3460 at http://kplu.org Study: How we measure ocean health is wrong half the time http://kplu.org/post/study-how-we-measure-ocean-health-wrong-half-time <p>The most widely-used way of measuring the health of ocean ecosystems is wrong as often as it's right.</p><p>And that can lead to thinking that fisheries are sustainable when they're really not.</p><p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 20:24:15 +0000 Liam Moriarty 162 at http://kplu.org Study: How we measure ocean health is wrong half the time