Western Washington University student Jesse Nichols recently released “Forage Fish of the Salish Sea”, sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches and WA Dept. of Ecology. This film highlights the importance of forage fish to the ecology, economy, and identity of the Pacific Northwest. As a keystone species, forage fish are essential in marine food webs through their role as dominant energy converters of ocean zooplankton. Watch the video here.
Living Shorelines Video from Restore America's Estuaries
Restore America's Estuaries has released a video on living shorelines. 'Living shorelines' is a term used to describe shoreline protection options which incorporate natural elements. The use of gravel, sand, plants, and large woody debris can create an effective way to protect against shoreline erosion and create new habitat. The video highlights Puget Sound, and goes in-depth on different effects and benefits of living shorelines. The video spotlights Snohomish County MRC member, Keeley O'Connell!
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Earth is Blue Awareness Campaign
NOAA is hosting an awarenss campaign called, Earth is Blue, to encourage the exploration and appreciation of our marine environments. The campaign highlights NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary System and its fourteen special marine protected areas across the country. A new photograph is posted every day and a new video is posted each week which highlight these habitats and the work being done to protect them.
Learn more about the campaign here
Caged Mussel Study Spotlight in Local News
The Snohomish County Marine Resource Committee (MRC) is one of many groups that has partnered with the Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct a caged mussel study recently highlighted in the Bellingham Herald. The goal of the study is to measure the level of stormwater contaminants that reach Puget Sound. The study will begin later in the month when mussel cages are deployed at 73 different locations along Puget Sound. Caged mussels will be collected in February and analyzed for contaminant levels. This data will contribute to ongoing studies that monitor the effects of stormwater in Puget Sound habitat and species.
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Snohomish MRC Kelp Surveyors featured in Everett Herald
The Snohomish MRC spent four days in July documenting Bull kelp (Nereocytis luetkeana) in local marine waters. The Snohomish County MRC is one of four Marine Resource Committees piloting a kayak-based survey protocol developed by the Northwest Straits Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Snohomish MRC’s efforts were featured on the front page of the Everett Herald on July 30th, 2015. The MRC’s kelp team documented 14 kelp beds, including one in Edmonds approximately 15 acres in size. Data collected in these surveys will better our understanding of the health of bull kelp populations in Puget Sound.
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