Lots of good projects that are going to give jobs to folks here on the Peninsula, and help restore salmon habitat. The work is far from being completed, but it’s good to see these projects and land purchases get funded. Tying this together with the work described by Earth Economics over the weekend on this site, it’s worth it to note that there is value in these ecosystem renewal projects. Slowing the rivers by putting in log jams, for example, do not just provide scientifically proven habitat for salmon (especially young salmon migrating downstream), but they also aide in flood protection among other benefits. Flood plain protection is a value that lowers the cost to repairing damage from floods over multiple decades.
The state has awarded $4.5 million in grants for new salmon restoration projects on the North Olympic Peninsula. ….
Rob Ollikainen reports.
There’s quite a bit more to the story at:
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We have two weeks of Morse Creek left and need lots of help to get it done! We’ll be surveying these next two upcoming Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Below is a list of dates with the greatest volunteer needs on top. There are some great sections in our project site where the gravel is beautiful and clean from all the redds. This week the nutrient cycling began and it’s beginning to smell like the pinks!
Below is more information about the survey and what to bring.
Please let me know if you can make a day and if you would like to carpool (I’m assuming you will).
Hope you can join!
Dates volunteers are needed:
Wednesday, Sept 18th: 9am-4pm
Thursday, Sept 19th: 9am-2pm – Strong need for volunteers
Friday, Sept 20th: 9am-4pm
Wednesday, Sept 25th: 9am-4pm - Strong need for volunteers
Thursday, Sept 26th: 9am-4pm - Strong need for volunteers
Friday, Sept 27th: 9am-4pm
We will be surveying from 9am to approximately 4pm. Some days may be longer if we have a good swing going and people are feeling up for it. Please let us know if you won’t be able to come for the entire time (that is completely understandable!). We will accommodate your needs.
NOSC will be leaving from our Port Hadlock office at 7:45am. (201 A West Patison Street, PH – Shold Business Park off Rhody Drive). If you would like to carpool from Port Hadlock or get picked up along the way (such as the Discovery Bay Train Cars off 101) we’d love to carpool! Please let us know if you are interested so we can make sure there is a seat available and that we know to wait for you. The one catch (or perk!) with driving with us is that you will be committed to the entire day. We will be driving a big white vehicle named Moby Dick! How much more fun can it get?
We will be meeting at 651 Cottonwood Lane.
Morse Creek is located at the beautiful (and dangerous) curve just before you hit the car dealerships as you head into Port Angeles. The speed goes down to 45 mph and on the left you’ll see a field and the right you’ll see a cabin. There is a left turn lane to turn Left onto Cottonwood. You will go over a speed bump and see the creek down to your left hand side. You will approach a very sharp left hand turn (there is an info board to mark the spot). Take that left to the end. You’ll see a space to park on your left hand side and will see Moby Dick, the big white NOSC vehicle.
Day of Survey contact:
In case you get lost, or something comes up…
What to Expect:
Beautiful sections of stream, Huge engineered log jams, deep pools, fish…we’ll be surveying stretches above the 2010 restoration project, where we did the restoration project and below the restoration (the impact reach), as well as side channels. All survey protocol will be taught on site.
We’ll be in the stream or along the shore for the entire day. Some areas are deep, others are on bedrock which is extremely slippery. The water is pretty cold. Some elements of the survey require us to collect pebbles which can be very cold. Sections along the stream have blackberries, and nettles. These days can be long and tiring, but extremely rewarding. We’ll only work within people’s comfort levels.
What to bring:
-Lunch, LOTS of water and snacks (we typically bring a “second breakfast” or “second lunch”).
-Chest waders (NOSC will bring yours – just let us know your size!)
-Multiple warm layers, preferably non-cotton. People have gotten wet and appreciated a change in clothes.
-Dry clothes, socks and pants to change in to after the survey in case you get wet.
-rain coat – many people wear a rain coat when we do the pebble survey so they don’t get completely wet
I think that is it! Sorry it was so long-winded. Please call if you have any questions (360) 379-8051
Looking forward to you joining –
The fallout continues:
Scientists fear there could be a reluctance to report a deadly fish virus after the first lab in Canada to say it was detected in British Columbia salmon was stripped of a special reference status by an international agency. Marine researchers say they were stunned to hear that the World Organization for Animal Health, or OIE, recently suspended the reference status from a research laboratory at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. Run by Fred Kibenge, who is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on infectious salmon anemia, it was one of only two labs in the world recognized by the group for the testing of the virus. Alison Auld reports.
If these tests are accurate (BC has consistently manipulated their tests results), then this is good news. However, with the disease found just north of us, it requires ongoing testing and vigilance if we want to protect our wild stocks (and the investments of hundreds of millions of dollars over the decades we have spent as taxpayers). It is good to see that there are two labs involved in the testing, and that the Tribes are also in the loop on the process. The NW Indian Fisheries Commission is certainly a credible independent voice for wild salmon.
Recent tests of salmon from Washington’s waters show no signs of a fish virus that can be deadly to farm-raised Atlantic salmon, state, tribal and federal resource managers announced today. Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISAV) was not detected in tissue samples taken from more than 900 wild and hatchery-produced Pacific chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and steelhead, as well as farm-raised Atlantic salmon. ISAV is not harmful to people. Specific strains of the virus have caused a deadly disease in farm-raised Atlantic salmon. Outbreaks with significant losses have occurred in farmed Atlantic salmon in Maine, Eastern Canada, Chile and several European countries. ISAV has not been documented in farmed, wild or hatchery salmon in Washington.
Another indicator species that is in trouble. As goes the herring, so go the salmon and the Orca, among others. Many agencies, including the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee, are working on protecting herring habitat. That’s why you see the “no anchor zones” in Port Townsend and Mystery Bay. They are there to help you not anchor in a location that would destroy eel grass, which is a herring habitat.
This excellent article gives a good overview of the problems facing Puget Sound herring. It’s only two pages long but you’ll learn a lot. I know I did.
Pacific herring might be the most popular dish in Puget Sound. The small silvery swimmers are called “forage fish” not because they’re rummaging for food, but because just about everything wants to eat them. They fill the bellies of Puget Sound sea life, from giant sea lions to the iconic chinook salmon to tiny jellyfish, which means that they’re key players in the local marine ecosystem. That makes herring fundamentally important – and it makes their shrinking numbers alarming. Lisa Stiffler reports.
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In the last year there’s been a growing body of evidence that seems to show that runoff from our roads may be a significant and possibly primary cause of loss of salmon in our creeks and rivers. Chris Dunagan reports on efforts to identify this substance in Kitsap County.
Meanwhile, researchers in Seattle have decided to simply look at rain gardens to filter the poisons out. With great success. The following video shows the problem, and wat may be the ultimate solution. The next question that needs to get asked is, “What happens with the rain garden? Does it become a toxic waste site?
“Drained: Urban Stormwater Pollution”
Not open to the public. – Editor
Coastal and Shoreline Planners Group: Marine Net Pen Aquaculture
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Manchester Labs, Port Orchard, WA 98366
This event is intended for Coastal and Shoreline Planners representing local governments, the private sector, academia and tribes who are interested in learning more about marine net pen aquaculture. This agenda replicates the January 10th event at the Department of Ecology that was held specifically for State and Federal employees. This event also includes a tour of NOAA’s Manchester Research Facilities relevant to marine aquaculture. Speakers include:
· Alan Cook, Icicle Seafoods, commercial net pens
· Bruce Stewart, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, enhancement net pens
· Jill Rolland, United States Geological Survey, fish disease
· Mike Rust, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Aquaculture, feeds
· Walt Dickhoff, NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center, escapes and genetics
· Lori LeVander, WA Department of Ecology, state and National Pollutant Dischage Elimination System (NPDES) permitting
· John Kerwin, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife, WACs and WDFW permitting
· Jack Rensel, Rensel Associates Aquatic Science, tools and modeling
Due to limited space, this meeting requires an RSVP. Please respond to Jamie Mooney, email@example.com, 206.616.3368 , to be added to the list of attendees. We can only accept 30 attendees on a first come, first served basis. Please keep in mind that because this event will be held at a federal facility, you will need to have your name on the list to attend.
If there is a high demand and we are not able to accommodate everyone who is interested in attending, we will work to schedule another Coastal and Shoreline Planners session on this topic. Please do not distribute this announcement beyond the listserv due to limited capacity.
The FDA released a report on Friday that seems to point to it’s clearing genetically altered salmon to be sold to the public. The report, at the link below, is usually the final chapter, needed prior to approval. The only hurdle left is for the FDA to get public feedback on the proposal.
This is another distressing move by the Obama administration, all of them, slated to come out just after the election. There is widespread negative feedback from the fishing, environmental and food safety communities to stop this approval. The company in question apparently is not doing well financially. But there doesn’t seem to be much that the Obama administration would do to say no to jobs.
If you feel like acting on this, there are many groups gathering signatures, or you can write the FDA directly. .
More than $550,000 has been set aside to purchase and conserve lands within the estuaries of the Big Quilcene, Dosewallips and Duckabush rivers, all in Hood Canal. The Hood Canal grants were endorsed by the state’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which approved $19.2 million for salmon projects throughout the state. Chris Dunagan reports. http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/dec/10/salmon-grants-will-help-hood-canal-estuaries/
Martha Baskin has been doing a good job of covering environmental issues on her Green Acre Radio podcast. Here is a reminder warning by the NWIF and Stilaguamish, that we are still on a downhill trajectory, and more, much more needs to be done if we are to save our wild stocks.
Wild salmon runs have been in steep decline in the Pacific Northwest for decades. Restoring runs to historic levels involves substantial economic costs, competing societal priorities, and entrenched policy stances. The Stillaguamish Tribe and Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission say there’s no time to wait. If we don’t act there won’t be any more salmon. Martha Baskin reports.
I know that there are many fishing families here on the Peninsula. Here’s some news from up north, if you aren’t already aware of it.The causes? Still unknown, which always bodes ill for a solution. Given that the upper runs where the fish breed are pretty much natural if not wild, this points more to an ocean issue, as stated in the story.
King salmon fisheries in major Alaska watersheds have been declared failures by the U.S. Department of Commerce, making commercial fishermen eligible for disaster relief. Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced the disaster declaration Thursday for the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, which flow into the Bering Sea, and for Cook Inlet region south of Anchorage, which includes the Kenai River.
If you are concerned about the latest proposals to bring net pen aquaculture to the Strait of Juan de Fuca (5 miles west of Port Angeles), or are concerned and unclear about the current standoff by the Department of Ecology and the Jefferson County Commissioners over allowing in water net pen aquaculture in Jefferson County (through the Shoreline Master Program updated), then you should take the time to listen to this lecture (it runs over an hour in total). It is, to be sure, one of the most comprehensive overviews of the possible negative impact of net pens I’ve ever heard, and is based on research done just north of us, in BC. While Dr. Dill clearly states that there are variations of environment between there and here, the issues are ones that we may face if they are allowed here. Then again, as pointed out in the Q&A session at the end, by the manager of one of the net pen companies south of Bainbridge Island, some of these issues have not shown up (though that comment was not based on peer review independent scientific research, but on experiential information. It was not independently verified and simply is presented as the point of view of the farm manager).
Dr.Dill is one of the foremost researchers on sea lice, and has a lot to say about the “possible” negative impacts of net pen aquaculture based on years of scientific, peer reviewed, published work. He was brought to lecture in Port Angeles last week, by a consortium of environmental groups concerned about the proposals for net pen aquaculture in Jefferson and Clallam counties lately. The event was sponsored by the Coastal Watershed Institute, Wild Salmon Center, Sierra Club Activist Network, and Olympic Peninsula Chapter Surfrider Foundation.
His talk was titled:
Evolutionary & Behavioral Ecology and Earth2Ocean Research Groups of Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada presented:
POTENTIAL NEGATIVE ECOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF OPEN NET PEN SALMON AQUACULTURE: LESSONS FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA
The discussion included:
• The impacts that salmon farms can have on wild salmon stocks
• Recent research on sea lice and other pathogens.
• How the iconic Fraser River sockeye salmon have been put at risk by salmon aquaculture.
• Degradation of the bottom communities below the farms.
• Pollution, by-catch of other fish species, escapes, and inadvertent or intentional reduction of marine mammal populations.
• New potential open pen aquaculture projects near Port Angeles.
The introduction by Anne did not have a microphone so it’s a bit noisy. Dr. Dill did have a microphone on, so it sounds better when you get to him speaking. The video was published in two parts. A shorter 10+ minutes to allow you to get the gist of the presentation, and the rest of the presentation in Part 2. The audio podcast is presented in it’s entirety.
You can view Part 1 of the lecture online at https://vimeo.com/47903851.
Part 2 is located at
Or you can listen to it online at:
I am adding the links above to the “Educational” links on the left hand side of the front page. You can always find it there if you need to refer to it later. Thanks to Dr. Dill for allowing the sponsoring groups to videotape the presentation, and offer it to those who were unable to make it to the discussion.
As the old saying goes, “nature abhors a vacuum”. The Olympic National Park have announced (and reported and commented on by The Peninsula Daily News) that chinook (King) salmon have been spotted above the site of the lower of the two dams that have been removed. This is the first time in almost a century that they have been able to reach this location. In addition to the Kings, Steelhead have also been seen in above the first dam.
The power of restoration again shows that once a place has been restored, nature tries and fill it, if the species still are alive.
The news bulletin from the park
Additional information on the story at the PDN.
Discovery of deadly salmon virus in freshwater fish puts pressure on B.C. to conduct wider study–Times Colonist
Just north of us, over the Strait, we are now seeing the spread of the Piscine reovirus (PRV) that has been affecting farmed salmon show up in fresh water trout. Our county commissioners are continuing their standoff with the State on the issue of allowing salmon farms here in our county.
Canada has been quite smug over the last years about how their salmon numbers seem better than the those in the US. Many have recognized that this was only because of the lack of development in BC as compared to the US Northwest. Watching the suburbs explode into salmon spawning areas east of Vancouver it was easy to see that there was no protection of the habitat over the last decade. It’s only been a matter of time, rather than stewardship.
Now research delves into the productivity of sockeye, who’s numbers have been crashing. The research shows this decline is across an entire coast. While local issues can affect the runs, the problem may be much larger than expected.
Sockeye salmon adult populations in widespread decline http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/07/03/sockeye-salmon-productivity.html
.If you want to know the next phase of the struggle to restore Salmon, then this article clearly lays it out. The Tribes are pushing to have the Feds, State and Local governments do a better job of protecting salmon habitat. That means more restrictive use of shorelines and watersheds. We’ve had a free pass over the last 100 years to develop just about any piece of ground for a price. That, I predict, is about to end. We will have to set aside with zero development (or reverse development) a lot of ground. Why? Read on..
W. Wash. tribes say tribal fishing rights at risk http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/W-Wash-tribes-say-tribal-fishing-rights-at-risk-3677013.php
The loss of King salmon continues. This is a very good article that looks at a lot of the issues. Worth the read if you care about salmon and how to reverse the downward trends.
Something in the ocean has been death to Alaska’s king salmon. The state’s iconic fish, treasured for food, sport and cash, should now be swimming in droves up rivers from the Southeast rain forests to the populated Railbelt and the Western Alaska tundra. But they’re not.
"The drift fishery in front of the Kenai and Kasilof is a pretty clean sockeye fishery," Gease said. "Last year, they caught 3.2 million sockeyes and about 500 kings. That’s a phenomenal low rate of bycatch."
As the spread of INH virus keeps moving through BC salmon farms, the relationships that were put in place to work towards avoiding this very situation start to fray.
A unique relationship meant to reduce conflict between environmental groups and British Columbia’s largest salmon farming company has fallen apart. The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform and Marine Harvest Canada confirmed Saturday that the project, known as the Framework for Dialogue, is officially over.
Pacific Fishing, 25th May 2012
A virus has infected a Bainbridge Island salmon farm, forcing the owners to begin culling and destroying infected fish.
It’s the same disease – infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus, or IHNV – that caused a British Columbia salmon farm to destroy 560,000 fish last week. The fish ended up in a composting facility.
Another British Columbia salmon farm announced this week that it
had voluntarily quarantined itself because the disease was found in its stock.
Alan Cook is vice president for aquaculture at Icicle Seafoods,
which owns American Gold Seafoods, the operator of the Bainbridge Island salmon farm at Orchard Rocks.
“There is no human health implication,” he said. “The virus is
endemic. Wild fish have it. The disease came from wild fish to our fish, not the other way around.”
Cook said the path of the disease can be proved by DNA analysis.
Hugh Mitchell, a Seattle area veterinarian who specializes in fish, agrees. The disease “is endemic. It’s common. It’s part of the natural ecosystem.”
At the Orchard Rocks farm, diseased fish are being culled. Fish
large enough for the market are being butchered and sold, Cook said. Smaller fish are destroyed.
He declined to say how many fish were in the farm.Once the stocks are gone, the farm will be fallow for three months.
Nets will be removed and disinfected, Cook said.
The largest financial hit for Icicle will come from lost production.
“More than anything else, it’s the cost of the loss of livestock,” Cook said.
There has been a salmon farm for 30 years at that Bainbridge Island location. Never before has it been hit by IHNV, Cook said.
However, the disease was reported in salmon farms in British
Columbia about 10 years ago, Mitchell said.
The disease is part of the natural ecosystem in the North Pacific. Wild salmon species here have built some resistance to the virus. Healthy wild fish can withstand the infection.
However, Atlantic salmon used in farming have no resistance to
the disease, Mitchell said. They are made even more susceptible to disease because they live in close confinement.
“Farmed fish are way more susceptible to wild diseases,” Mitchell said.
And why did the disease made another appearance this year and
“No one knows,” Mitchell said.
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