Friday, May 27, 2022

Salish Sea News Week in Review May 27 2022


Aloha Three Little Pigs Friday!
In 1933 Walt Disney's cartoon "Three Little Pigs" was released. The animated short film is one of the best-known cartoons of all time. In 1934, it was awarded the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Bacteria causing fish skin disease spiked around fish farms, a study finds
A bacteria known to cause skin disease in fish was found to peak in juvenile Fraser River sockeye salmon in the Discovery Islands region, with one particularly big spike in 2015, a new study finds.

WA will soon put a price on carbon emissions for its biggest polluters. Here’s how it will work
A new program launching in January will put a cap on fossil fuel emissions and require nearly a hundred of the state’s biggest polluters to partake in a carbon trading scheme.

A climate bill that died in Legislature lives on, in plans for future
A bill requiring cities and counties to cut greenhouse gases failed to pass, but they’re planning to do it anyway.

Diving for trash in Snohomish River, biologist fills 59 pickup beds
At Thomas’ Eddy, Doug Ewing estimates he has collected 3,000 pounds of lead fishing weights. And that’s just one spot.

Letting the Sea Have Its Way
Welcome to Medmerry, a community that welcomed back the marsh. [An] excerpt is from the book Water Always Wins, in which Hakai contributor Erica Gies follows innovators in what she calls the Slow Water movement who are instead asking a revolutionary question: what does water want?

The US has spent more than $2B on a plan to save salmon. The fish are vanishing anyway.
The U.S. government promised Native tribes in the Pacific Northwest that they could keep fishing as they’d always done. But instead of preserving wild salmon, it propped up a failing system of hatcheries.

EPA proposes protections for world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery
The Biden administration’s decision to protect Bristol Bay deals a blow to a huge proposed gold and copper mine in southwest Alaska.

Could artificial reefs protect B.C.'s coastlines from climate change?
Only ever used on a piece of public art in B.C., Metro Vancouver will trial biorock technology as a way to create new habitat for sea creatures, regrow coastal infrastructure and protect shorelines threatened by climate change.

B.C. to release 'full' climate adaptation strategy this spring
The B.C. government expects to release a climate adaptation strategy in the coming weeks, but it is unclear whether the plan will include elements that experts say are needed to make it effective.

Nearly extinct 30 years ago, Washington’s western pond turtles are slowly recovering
Only two species of turtles in Washington are native. And one of those, the western pond turtle, nearly went extinct here in the 1990s. 30 years ago, the state began collaborating with partners at the Woodland Park Zoo to bring them back.

Docs show turmoil in DFO following fisheries harassment investigation: ‘this article is horrific’
Freedom of information documents reveal that DFO has created a suite of new policies and is spending millions on modernization in wake of whistleblowers speaking up about harassment, intimidation and assault aboard Canadian fishing vessels.

J-Pod whales spotted in Salish Sea
All 25 members of J-Pod have returned to the Salish Sea, including the newest member, born in late February. Scientist Monika Wieland-Shields of the Orca Behavior Institute said it’s only the second time in the past five years that J-Pod has appeared in the Salish Sea in May. That’s a good sign, she said, and the fact the pod seems to be sticking around indicates there is chinook salmon for the whales to feed on.

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