Western Oregon and southwest Washington have deteriorated from moderate to “severe drought” in the past week, the U.S.Read more at Capital Press
Since the 1990s, the population of northern fur seals in the eastern Bering Sea has declined by more than half, with no scientific consensus as to what is causing the decline.Read more at Lenfest Ocean Program
Washington Warmed Slowest of all States Over Past 30 Years – But What Does It Mean for Climate Change?
From the Seattle Times by Gene Balk:
According to a new analysis of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data by The Associated Press (AP) the average yearly temperature in the continental U.S.
Pink salmon abundance causes “trophic cascade” that could negatively impact other species
In a study published in Fisheries Oceanography, Sonia Dawn Batten, Greg Ruggerone and JISAO’s Ivonne Ortiz looked at 15 years of data on pink salmon abundance, as well as the abundance of zooplankton (tiny aquatic animals) and the phytoplankton on which they feed.
From KTUU by Sean Maguire:
The Copper River Flats is seeing the second lowest salmon commercial harvest in the past 50 years, resulting in commercial fishermen being kept from catching the prized fish for nearly two weeks.
WASHINGTON — Doug Domenech, U.S. Department of the Interior assistant secretary for insular and international affairs, provided a $497,738 grant to the University of Hawaii Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research School of Ocean and Earth Science for a project to improve atmospheric and wave-forecasting through the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System.Read more
From Scientific American by Andrea Thompson:
April should be prime walrus hunting season for the native villages that dot Alaska’s remote western coast.