ocean ecosystems

Environment
5:01 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Sediment health declining in central Puget Sound

Environmental specialist and lead taxonomist Kathy Welch examines a sediment sample pulled from Elliott Bay. A new study of the sediments shows a dramatic decline in the health of benthic invertibrates over a ten-year period, despite lower toxin levels.
Bellamy Pailthorp photo KPLU News

Scientists examining the health of Puget Sound have uncovered a new mystery involving the very bottom of the food chain.

A new study from the state Department of Ecology shows toxins in sediments have declined over the past decade. But it also found declining health of the creatures that live in the sediment. 

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Shoreline protection
6:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

New environmental group to serve as Puget Sound watchdog

Sound Action says it will protect shoreline habitat by honing in on existing state law.
zenobia_joy photo Flickr

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 restoration.

But Amy Carey, Executive Director of a new group called Sound Action, says the marine ecosystems that support sensitive species are still declining.

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Ocean Health
2:49 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Gov. Gregoire announces next steps on ocean acidification

One of Gov. Gregoire's parting shots is the signing of a new law about ocean acidification. Her roots as a lawmaker are in the state Department of Ecology. State and tribal officials were on hand to witness the signing.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed an executive order directing state officials to work on the problem of ocean acidification.

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Environment
10:44 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Blue Ribbon panel warns about dangers of ocean acidification

Declining PH levels in the world's oceans interferes with many species ability to form shells.
Photo courtesy of Washington State Dept. of Ecology

Carbon emissions are threatening Washington’s shellfish industry. That’s the concern of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification, which meets today in Seattle.

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Salmon virus controversy
5:51 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Hearing Thursday on decline of salmon in Canada's Fraser River

In British Columbia on Thursday, Canadian scientists will testify about the decline of salmon in the Fraser River. 

Even if you don’t like fish, advocates say you should still be concerned.

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The Health of the Ocean
12:24 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Study: How we measure ocean health is wrong half the time

A load of salmon from Prince William Sound, Alaska, awaits delivery to a fish tender.
Suresh A. Sethi/U of Washington

The most widely-used way of measuring the health of ocean ecosystems is wrong as often as it's right.

And that can lead to thinking that fisheries are sustainable when they're really not.

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