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Sunday, August 27, 2017

8-27-17 ALARM!-Atlantic Farmed Salmon Disaster-More Info on Action

Some of you may have seen this.  I added articles as they were published into Sept. 1...I won't post them all, as there will likely be many more in the weeks ahead.  I hope this disaster wakes people of the state up about the plight of the eco-system - a plight that affects everyone.

The Southern Resident Killer Whales are listed on the endangered species list, yet the 'recovery' as is not happening...no more studies please. It's time to stop turning a blind eye.

Added another article:  August 25 late in day....scroll down to it.
Another article added:  August 26 late in day...scroll down...
Another article added:  9-1...scroll down...
added:  website of DNR that will be posting updated info 
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posting links to articles about what has occurred with the destruction of open net pens IN OUR WATERS - Tide Pt., Cypress Island, Rosario Strait area:


August 22nd:
Atlantic Farmed salmon escape broken net
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/oops-after-accidental-release-of-atlantic-salmon-fisherman-being-told-catch-as-many-as-you-want/

...they tried to blame it on the solar eclipse - Wrong!

...information from Our Sound, Our Salmon kept people informed on that first day:  'A Timeline of What We Know
Over the weekend, a large escapement of Atlantic salmon occurred off of Cypress Island. The escapement of non-native Atlantic salmon poses a massive threat to native wild fish in the Northwest.

Here are the facts of the event so far.
1.
Back on July 27th, one of three fish farms at Deepwater Bay off of Cypress Island broke free from its anchor and needed emergency teams to fix the damage. There were no escapes but the cause of the damage was due to high current and tidal movement, as reported by the industry.

2.
Now, less than a month later, tides and currents are the supposed cause of more damage to a net pen at the same location. A reported 305,000 Atlantic salmon have escaped from one of the pens, an escapement that threatens the integrity of the Puget Sound ecosystem.

3.
In the media, larger than normal tides due to the solar eclipse have taken the blame for damages to the net pen. While we remain open to the possibility, we are skeptical about this diagnosis. A preliminary review of historic tidal data reveals that this location has experienced higher tidal levels in the past without reports of damage. We are working with state agencies and the media to gain more information on this topic.

4.
Washington State sites net pen operations in areas of high tidal movement to manage the impacts of waste on benthic sediments. Net pen facilities are expected to withstand high tidal movement for this reason.

Regardless of the cause, we are shocked and disheartened by this failure to protect our marine environment, and are deeply concerned about the negative consequences this escapement may impart on wild fish and marine mammals.
If you’re as outraged as we are, we invite you to join our Flotilla protesting 
 https://www.oursound-oursalmon.org/

 August 24

Seattle Times:  Spill of farmed Atlantic salmon near the San Juans much bigger than first expected.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/fish-spill-bigger-than-initial-estimates-farm-destroyed/

August 24 - late in day

Farmed Salmon heading to every river in Puget Sound
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/farmed-salmon-heading-to-every-river-in-puget-sound/

Read and make your decision about signing the petition.
or here is the link: https://www.oursound-oursalmon.org/sign-the-petition#petition


The destruction of the Salish Sea must stop!

The last article is horrifying to learn as to where the escaped Atlantic farmed salmon have already been seen.

Late in day on August 25
Wild Salmon Advocates File Notice of Intent to Sue  and also in the article about how far those Atlantic farmed salmon have gone now.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/wild-salmon-advocates-file-notice-of-intent-to-sue-over-farmed-fish-escape/

August 26
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/state-to-oversee-containment-of-farmed-fish/ 

September 1
Atlantic Salmon Farm Was on It's Last Legs... 

Monday, August 21, 2017

8-21-17 Answers To the Orca Quiz

Monday, August 21st

...on August 17th the T30s traveled down San Juan Channel...they were not close to shore...I hadn't seen them in a long time...and when I saw T-30A I immediately thought he would be a good one 'for confusion' as to Resident or Transient (see quiz on prior post)...
...far from shore for a while...
...still a good distance...
...the first closer image one might think a Resident...
...but then another surfaces...
...and then another...
...by the third it was clearly evident this was a group of Transients...

...Here's the answers to which is which on the previous post...(I'll post it there too.)  R = Resident    T = Transient
#  1 R
#  2 T
#  3 R
#  4 T
#  5 T
#  6 R
#  7 T
#  8 R
#  9 R
#10 R
#11 T

Sunday, August 13, 2017

8-13-17 SRKWs and Transients Comparison Practice

Sunday, August 13th
...having no whales in the area of Lime Kiln recently has given opportunity to have more conversations with people who come into the lighthouse...
...many people have asked, "how do you tell the difference between an SRKW (Southern Resident Killer Whale) and an Transient?"
...one of the people was a man who lives on a nearby island and has recently had, on many occasions, killer whales passby...as he was taking some notes on what to look for he mentioned that he uses 'post-its'...so I called him Mr. Post-Its - (I'm terrible at remembering names, that is unless it's an orca's name.)
...well, Mr. Post-Its told me that when he was younger he wanted to be a marine biologist but his life took a different turn and added that it has been all good...so, I suggested that now was his time to use some of his training from years ago and be that 'marine biologist' right from his front window...
...so for Mr. Post-Its and anyone wanting to see some of the differences, here's a general comparison sheet (printable) to help you get started...
...and now here are some practice whales for you...
...these are only a sampling...but will maybe give you an idea of some of the general differences you might see...











...the answers...you'll figure them out...sometimes you have to look for those 'tiny things' that will reveal - Transient or Resident?


Some have asked for the answers:
#  1 R
#  2 T
#  3 R
#  4 T
#  5 T
#  6 R
#  7 T
#  8 R
#  9 R
#10 R
#11 T
...fun stuff!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

8-5-17 Please Don't Throw Away the SRKWs

Saturday, August 5th
...that about sums it up - so far...

...the worst year ever for seeing the Southern Residents.
...the worst year ever for returning salmon.
...the smoke from the fires on the BC mainland and in Washington state makes everything orange...and with no wind it has like this for several days...
...the T18s came up island the other day...

...inside of Low Island, which is off of County Park...

BUT I find it difficult to not talk about the Southern Residents...they are not here and there are huge implications for why they aren't...
...my last blog post mentioned the bait fish moving up, and lots of it...well, that has stopped... (remember, I'm only talking about a stretch along the west side of San Juan Island)...no matter, this stretch is not at its level of sea life that it has been in the past 13 years that I've been watching...

...some L Pod whales came in the other day...that night at midnight they came up to the lighthouse...their echolocation clicks were extremely loud and they lasted a good while...they were in the area until after 3 a.m. fading off the Lime Kiln hydrophones...seen later that morning heading back out to sea...

...test fishing indicated Chinook salmon had been coming in...looks like the whales followed them...I heard from several that the whales were seen with fish in their mouths and/or chasing fish...now that's a good sign...
...the not-good sign is that they were heading back out to sea the next morning...

...no one knows what will occur next...will it all of a sudden change?...it certainly can...and it also can stay the same...what is important is that no matter where the whales are they must eat to stay alive. 

...we can only watch and wait and see what unfolds as the weeks go on...

...a few images from the PAST...



...keep watch on what's around you...from the small up to the large...indicators...indicators...

...the Transients have filled the empty space...but they aren't the Southern Residents...
...please don't throw the SRKWs away...no matter who tells you something 'can't' be done is only saying words...it's the actions of people who can make the change...
...when someone tells you to 'not even bother' ...well 'be bothered' - bothered by their words of discouragement, push on...it's only their opinion...