The purpose of SSEA’s Nearshore Fish Habitat Evaluation Project is to inventory fish habitat in selected nearshore areas of Severn Sound and produce a Fish Habitat Management Plan that will provide local planning authorities and review agencies with current information on nearshore habitat conditions. The case was documented in the Salish Sea region where harbor seals are often used as indicators of contaminant levels. After a long struggle with pollution, Drayton Harbor has reopened to year-round commercial oyster harvesting for the first time in 22 years. The Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program (PSEMP) is providing details on the effectiveness of armor-removal projects at 49 study sites. The following text was written by Puget Sound Model co-creator John H. Lincoln (1915-2001) and is provided courtesy of the University of Washington School of Oceanography. The search for why large numbers of spawning coho salmon have been dying in Puget Sound's urban streams goes as far back as the 1980s and culminated this year with the discovery of a previously unidentified chemical related to automobile tires. HARBOR PORPOISE (Phocoena phocoena vomerina): Washington Inland Waters Stock (NOAA Fisheries 2011). The Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program (PSEMP) is an independent program established by state and federal statute to monitor environmental conditions in Puget Sound. A non-native species is considered invasive when it is capable of aggressively establishing itself and causing environmental damage to an ecosystem. The fact book was prepared for the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Puget Sound Partnership. The researchers have added the comments to a keyword database to look at public emotions and perceptions around the issue of orca declines. The focus of our work is in the 28+ acres of Pāiko beach. Identifying kelp stocks that are tolerant of warmer waters could help the Salish Sea’s iconic underwater forests survive climate change. The decaying seawall along Seattle’s waterfront is providing scientists with an opportunity to improve long-lost habitat for migrating salmon. Program N-1: Promote Habitat Restoration on Private Property by Offering a “Toolbox” of Nearshore Habitat Project Designs This program would promote voluntary restoration on private properties by creating a “toolbox” of stock or model habitat designs/techniques that can be applied to create needed habitats (e.g., removal of derelict During June, near normal air temperatures and continued low precipitation have resulted in highly variable freshwater inputs to Puget Sound. Several studies have been performed to determine the occurrence of selected Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) in the environment. The Salish Sea Hydrophone Network and Orca Network are two citizen science projects dedicated to furthering our understanding of abundance, distribution, behavior, and habitat use by the endangered population of Southern Resident Killer Whales, also called orcas. This in-depth profile looks at harbor porpoise in the Salish Sea, and was prepared by the SeaDoc Society for inclusion in the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. This program features free workshops, ... learn how to manage your landscape for slope stability and wildlife habitat, ... on the Sunlight Shores nearshore restoration project. 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. This paper uses water quality data to examine the relationship between environmental condition and recreational use of parks in Puget Sound. By removing bulkheads where they can, property owners are improving shoreline habitat, one piece at a time. 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 Washington Invasive Species Council evaluated more than 700 invasive species in and around Washington, considering their threats to the state’s environment, economy, and human health. A 2014 report describes a study of socio-cultural values associated with blueback salmon in the Quinault Indian Nation. A web-based tool factors in dozens of site-specific variables for watersheds throughout the Pacific Northwest. 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. Their work has been classified as critical by the state. In part one of this two-part series, scientists consider threats facing young salmon in the open waters of Puget Sound. Under the federal Clean Water Act, states are required to assess the quality of their surface waters and compile a list of polluted water bodies. A new report suggests that state and local regulators should increase enforcement and make penalties more costly for violators. The report is an analysis of findings on shoreline restoration and derelict net and fishing gear removal. This report documents how Washingtonians have responded to the challenges of protecting and restoring salmon and steelhead to healthy status. A study published in the journal Coastal Management generates a broad description of the collaborative network among marine and nearshore researchers in Puget Sound and identifies incentives and barriers to collaboration. The PSAMP is a long-term effort to investigate environmental trends, improve decision-making and prevent overlaps and duplication in monitoring efforts. But it turns out that in many cases erosion is actually a good thing — crucial, according to scientists — because it provides the sand and gravel needed for healthy beaches. The authors of a 2019 paper published in Science Advances document the rapid, widespread decline of sunflower stars and discuss the ecological implications of losing this important subtidal predator species. It was created after the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, and currently has a population of 2,500 members. Surveys of these species are used to monitor the health of the foodweb, as well as levels of toxic contaminants in the seafloor. Where did they go? A priority in Puget Sound is the conservation of nearshore habitat, including wetlands, estuaries, and tidal zones that make up some of the most valuable habitat for the region’s salmon and steelhead. Spring and fall Chinook salmon were thought to be alike until researchers discovered a gene for early migration. We offer a detailed timeline for the discovery. 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. Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project: http://www.pugetsoundnearshore.org/technical_reports.html. Last month's federal authorization to kill more than 700 sea lions to protect salmon runs along the Columbia River is prompting discussions of similar actions for harbor seals in Puget Sound. New research presented at the 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference shows that some of the greatest dangers to Puget Sound marine life come from our common, everyday activities. The decaying seawall along Seattle’s waterfront is providing scientists with an opportunity to improve long-lost habitat for migrating salmon. The projects were conducted between 2011-2015 with support from the EPA's National Estuary Program. Protection Island, a National Wildlife Refuge in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, provides important habitat for seabirds and marine mammals. They have found wide swings in the fish's population and an overall decline in herring numbers since the 1970s, but little is known about the cause or what this might mean for the health of the food web. This is the first annual report of the Puget Sound Ambient Monitoring Program (PSAMP); it briefly describes PSAMP, explains the significance of each type of measurement, and provides initial interpretation of the results. 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. The Nearshore Habitat Program monitors and evaluates the status and trends of marine vegetation for DNR and the Puget Sound Partnership. It evaluates the threats each project poses to natural resources important to Coast Salish first nations and tribes. Scientists say eelgrass, an unassuming flowering plant found just off shore in Puget Sound, is vital to the health of the ecosystem. Though pelagic in winter, puffins gather on islands and headlands during spring and summer to breed and raise their young. Coral density on ridge habitat had a similar pattern to colonized A study in the journal PLOS ONE uses volunteer diver surveys to assess the impacts of sea star wasting disease in the Salish Sea. Here’s how the community cleaned up its act, potentially showing the way for shellfish recovery throughout Puget Sound. Some introduced species can produce toxins that accumulate in shellfish or by directly infecting the human body. A 2018 paper in the journal Ocean and Coastal Management examines and compares planning approaches used to develop marine protected areas and estuary restoration projects in Puget Sound. The initiative is the first of its kind in the country, and a report commissioned by the Global Ocean Health Program was released in November 2012. It has been used in a wide range of planning and research projects. Northwest Coast First Peoples made clam garden terraces to expand ideal clam habitat at tidal heights that provided optimal conditions for clam growth and survival, therefore enhancing food production and increasing food security. They offer what are called ecosystem services—a wide variety of benefits that humans derive from an ecosystem. Invasive species are considered a top threat to the balance of ecosystems worldwide. 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. The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound spoke with Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes about the exhibit Elwha: A River Reborn, which opened at the University of Washington Burke Museum on November 23rd. Researchers are trying to determine which chemicals in stormwater are contributing to the deaths of large numbers of coho salmon in Puget Sound. The report is a first step towards assessing and improving the tools at hand. Historically, the actions that led to ecosystem degradation were intended to improve the quality of life for Puget Sound residents, but with closed shellfish beds, flooding, species decline, and other impacts it is clear that ecosystem rebuilding efforts are needed. The National Marine Fisheries Service has released a Draft Biological Report proposing designation of critical habitat for yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish, and bocaccio in the Salish Sea. The colonized pavement coral density in Corridors 1 and 5 was lowest and highest in Corridors 3 and 4. A 2014 paper in Endangered Species Research suggests that harbour porpoises inhabiting coastal waters of southern British Columbia constitute a single genetic population, which should be reflected in management decisions. The Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP) works to assess the health of Puget Sound nearshore environments and provides strategies for their protection and restoration. Today, we understand that estuaries—where freshwater and saltwater merge—are among the most productive places for life to exist. Little is known about mortality factors in marine-foraging river otters. With funding from the EPA (EPA Interagency Agreement DW-13-923276-01), scientists at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the University of Washington used a field and quantitative modeling ‘source-transport-fate’ assessment approach to classify the vulnerability of shellfish growing areas to closures caused by watershed and marine-derived pathogens. A new report from the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program says climate change altered the base of Puget Sound's food web in 2018, diminishing microscopic phytoplankton necessary for marine life. In 2006, ESRP was established by the Legislature, which appropriated capital funds to habitat restoration and protection projects in Puget Sound. A broad coalition of partners has released more than 20,000 young pintos into the wild with the hope that the population will start to rebound. Restoration and protection activities require holistic strategies to enhance biodiversity and support ecological resilience. The conditions may threaten Dungeness crabs by 2050 and will be especially pronounced in the winter, the study says. A 2016 paper in Environmental Pollution identifies dozens of pharmaceuticals and other compounds that are accumulating in Puget Sound fish such as salmon. This 2006 technical report for the Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership describes how shellfish have high ecological, economical, cultural, recreational value, however human activity is threatening their existence by altering their native habitat with changes in land use, shoreline modifications, stormwater, sewage and industrial discharge. In most reserves, area residents work with state, local and tribal officials and nonprofit groups to develop and carry out management plans, including scientific research. A biennial report produced by the Governor's Salmon Recovery Office provides stories and data about salmon, habitat, and salmon recovery in Washington, including Puget Sound. A 2017 article in the journal Aquatic Mammals looks at the potential impacts that increasing vessel disturbance may have on resident harbor seal populations and how future management decisions may need to look at variable buffer zones related to level of human activity. The removal of shoreline armoring in Puget Sound has become a priority for state and federal agencies, but until recently there have been relatively few scientific studies of armoring's local impact. That may be because their population is generally stable, but a group of citizen scientists is helping to put guillemots on the conservation radar. The Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program (PSEMP), along with partners from the US EPA Columbia River Program and USGS Oregon Water Science Center, have developed a framework for prioritizing monitoring of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) in the Pacific Northwest. Smolt survival in the Strait of Georgia during that time declined faster than it did in Puget Sound. © 2012-2020. Macroalgae is drifting as mats on the water in Port Madison, South Central Basin, and South Sound. Habitat survey data, collected using modern high-resolution sonar technologies, now cover approximately 53% of Oregon’s Territorial Sea. A 2016 paper in the journal Oecologia describes how individual herring populations in Puget Sound exhibit a portfolio effect, collectively influencing and stabilizing the region’s population as a whole. A 2015 report from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reviews information relevant to the status of the tufted puffin in Washington and addresses factors affecting this status. The restoration of eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) is a high priority for Puget Sound ecosystem recovery. 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