marine conservation http://kplu.org en Should Giant Pacific Octopus get special protections? http://kplu.org/post/should-giant-pacific-octopus-get-special-protections <p>The giant Pacific octopus is a relatively healthy and abundant creature among the native wildlife living in Puget Sound.</p><p>But it’s such an iconic species that the recent killing of one by a young diver near Seattle’s Alki point has others in the community calling for new protections.</p><p>The state is<a href="http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jan2213a/"> accepting nominations</a> for an advisory group that will consider a range of conservation strategies.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7702 at http://kplu.org Should Giant Pacific Octopus get special protections? Tech innovation unveils Puget Sound's secret natural recyclers http://kplu.org/post/tech-innovation-unveils-puget-sounds-secret-natural-recyclers <p>Scientists have deciphered some of the secrets of one of Puget Sound&rsquo;s natural recyclers. It&rsquo;s a microbe &ndash; which likes to eat sulfur and nitrogen &ndash; and might be found near any of our beaches. &nbsp;</p><p>The technique they devised could open the door to a better understanding of microbial life that abounds everywhere &ndash; in the oceans, in soils, and in the human body. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 23:51:17 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4044 at http://kplu.org Tech innovation unveils Puget Sound's secret natural recyclers Campaign to protect precious lands in San Juan Islands http://kplu.org/post/campaign-protect-precious-lands-san-juan-islands <p>The <a href="http://www.visitsanjuans.com/">San Juan Islands</a> are known for pristine natural beauty that includes a <a href="http://www.fws.gov/washingtonmaritime/sanjuanis/">national wildlife refuge</a> and several remote state parks. &nbsp;</p><p>But they also contain about 1,000 acres of federally owned land that has been largely forgotten by authorities. Some islanders fear it might be sold off to developers.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 00:00:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2208 at http://kplu.org Campaign to protect precious lands in San Juan Islands Cherry Point Reserve Ten Years in the Making http://kplu.org/post/cherry-point-reserve-ten-years-making <P>There’s a stretch of shoreline north of Bellingham that hosts oil refineries and other heavy industry. It’s also a key feeding ground for salmon, shorebirds and killer whales. The new Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve – a decade in the making – is meant to thread the needle between protecting the environment and safeguarding family wage jobs.</P> <P> Sun, 21 Nov 2010 23:36:56 +0000 Liam Moriarty 186 at http://kplu.org Cherry Point Reserve Ten Years in the Making