Sunday, October 9, 2016

Puget Sound Marine Waters Report 2015

A recent report by the Northwest Fisheries Science Center provides a comprehensive look at marine conditions in Puget Sound in 2015.

The report was produced for the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program's Marine Waters Workgroup.

The Puget Sound Marine Waters 2015 Overview can be found at:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

2016 Ocean Literacy Summit

Registration is now open for the 2016 Ocean Literacy Summit. Join scientists, informal and formal educators, students, and others at the Ocean Literacy Summit.

This year's Ocean Literacy Summit will take place November 3rd and 4th in Portland, Maine.

The 2016 Ocean Literacy Summit will focus on Ocean Literacy principle #3; The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.

Events will include:

  • a climate change workshop led by the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI);
  • a keynote address by Dr. Andy Pershing, Chief Scientific Officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI);
  • talks by scientists and educators, in a redesigned format that will enable participants to hear all presentations;
  • an interactive Science an Education Fair to highlight hands-on activities and interpretive ideas on teaching ocean literacy;
  • a panel on effective messaging, creative tools, tips and marketing;
  • and numerous networking opportunities.

The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) is a diverse networked collaboration of more than forty institutions from across New England, including aquariums, museums, universities, government entities and science and research centers.

NEOSEC’s mission and collective purpose are to leverage New England’s extraordinary assets, to engage the public in understanding the vital connections between people and the ocean.

For more information, visit:

source: New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

When Is World Oceans Day?

This year, World Oceans Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

"World Oceans Day" is celebrated each year on June 8, as officially declared by the United Nations.

Canada proposed the concept of World Ocean Day in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and the day has been celebrated internationally ever since.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 State of the Coast Conference

2016 State of the Coast
June 1-3, 2016
New Orleans, LA
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The 2016 State of the Coast conference is a interdisciplinary forum where participants can exchange timely and relevant information on the dynamic conditions of Louisiana’s coastal communities, environment, and economy.

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), The Water Institute of the Gulf, and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) partner to produce this forum, the need for which grows with every acre of land lost to the Gulf.

SOC16 will consist of three full days of presentations by leading experts in concurrent sessions, keynote presentations, poster sessions, and networking opportunities.

More than 1,000 scientists, landowners/managers, federal and state agency personnel, local officials, industry and business leaders, resource users, and interested citizens will be in attendance at the 4th iteration of this biennial conference.


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Puget Sound Wastewater Study

A new study of emerging contaminants entering Puget Sound in wastewater plant effluent found some of the nation’s highest concentrations of pharmaceuticals and other chemical compounds, and detected many in fish at concentrations that may affect their growth or behavior.

The study by scientists from NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the University of Washington tested for 150 of the contaminants and detected 81 of the compounds in wastewater flowing into Puget Sound estuaries.

They include pharmaceuticals such as the antidepressant Prozac and the diabetes medication metformin, personal care products such as antibacterial compounds from soap and industrial chemicals.

The study also examined juvenile Chinook salmon and Pacific staghorn sculpin, both fish native to Puget Sound, and found 42 of the emerging compounds in their tissue.

Some of the compounds such as fluoxetine (also known as Prozac), the diabetes drug metformin and the antibacterial compound triclosan were present in fish tissues at levels that may be high enough to adversely affect their growth, reproduction, or behavior.

The research did not examine the potential effects on human health of consuming fish from Puget Sound, and it is unknown if these levels of emerging contaminants detected in fish could affect people.

The study funded in large part by the Washington Department of Ecology examined wastewater plant effluent, estuary water, and fish found in the Puyallup River estuary in Tacoma’s Commencement Bay, Sinclair Inlet in Bremerton, and the Nisqually River estuary near Tacoma.

The Nisqually estuary was included as a reference site because it does not have a major wastewater treatment plant and has been used historically as a reference site for toxicity studies.

Unexpectedly, they found that fish and water in the Nisqually estuary also contained high concentrations of some emerging compounds.

The study also noted that the relatively high pH of seawater often makes the contaminants more bioavailable and therefore more likely to be absorbed by marine fish compared to fish in freshwater, Meador said.

source: Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting 2016

Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting 2016
March 29-31, 2016
Baranof Westmark Hotel & Conference Center, Juneau, AK
phone: 1-800-544-0970
The Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting brings together salmon researchers from the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California.

source: Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Thursday, February 11, 2016

National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants (USA)

More than $20 million will help fund 28 projects in 12 coastal states to protect, restore or enhance more than 10,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program.

State and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups, and other partners will contribute over $20 million in additional funds to these projects, which acquire, restore or enhance coastal wetlands and adjacent uplands to provide long-term conservation benefits to fish and wildlife and their habitats.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Wetlands Grants provide critical funding in the effort to protect some of our most fragile and at-risk wildlife habitats, said Service Director Dan Ashe. “With rising ocean levels eating away at coastal wetlands from one side and development claiming more and more acres on the other, our coastal wetlands are being squeezed into an ever thinner sliver of land. Never before has it been so important to protect these places.”

States and territories receiving funds are California, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington.

More information is available at:

source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service