Have you ever had a rough day at work, thanks to a bunch of troublesome whales? If you ask a longline fisherman in the Gulf of Alaska, they might tell you "yes." Paul Clampitt, a semi-retired fisherman and MRC member, was featured in this Seattle Times article on the issue of whales eating fishermen's catches.
Sperm and Orca whales have been caught in the act of stripping fish from baited lines, and even one caught on film. According to Clampitt, some fishermen will lose as much as 3,000 pounds in a catch picked over by whales.
Paul and his son own a fishing vessel, and longline for halibut and sablefish from Oregon to the Bering Sea.
(Photo credit: John Calambokidis/Cascadia Research)
After working with over 30 partners, a conservation action plan was developed for Port Susan in 2012 that identifies six key strategies for ecosystem recovery. The MRC hired Abby Hook, with Hook-Knauer LLC, to develop the content for a report card to highlight partner progress on these six strategies. The goal is to reconnect Port Susan partners, share and demonstrate the success that is occurring across the landscape, and galvanize new efforts. To learn more about the MSA, click here.
Check out our new video about the Port Susan Marine Stewardship Area (MSA)! In May 2014, the Snohomish County Council designated Port Susan as a voluntary marine stewardship area, an action that will help future conservation efforts.
Snohomish County MRC staff and members worked with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to support removal of seven derelict vessels from the Snohomish River in September 2014. This partnership between Snohomish County Public Works, the Snohomish MRC, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department and DNR provided almost $400,000 in state funds to help address a pollution and habitat concern that has impacted the Snohomish River estuary for years. To learn more about the DNR Derelict Vessel Removal Program, click here.
An estimated 12,000 crab pots are lost in Puget Sound each year. Check out our video about our work to remove these derelict pots!
Date: May 20, 2015 Contact Kathleen Herrmann for more information
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The Snohomish County Marine Resources Advisory Committee (MRC) is a citizen-based volunteer committee appointed by the Snohomish County Council. It is one of seven county-based MRC's, which conduct restoration, conservation, and education projects with diverse partners and community members to meet performance benchmarks. These efforts are coordinated and guided by the Northwest Straits Commission, a federally-funded organization dedicated to protecting the Northwest Straits region of the Salish Sea.