Puget Sound http://kuow.org en Stalking Puget Sound Steelhead With Science http://kuow.org/post/stalking-puget-sound-steelhead-science <p>You might call Barry Berejikian a steelhead stalker.</p><p>The government scientist’s pursuit of these anadromous trout has brought him to the deck of the <em>Chasina,</em> a research vessel that’s motoring through choppy gray waters of southern Puget Sound near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:24:22 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 28579 at http://kuow.org Stalking Puget Sound Steelhead With Science Northwest Starfish Experiments Give Scientists Clues To Mysterious Mass Die-Offs http://kuow.org/post/northwest-starfish-experiments-give-scientists-clues-mysterious-mass-die-offs <p>Near the ferry docks on Puget Sound, a group of scientists and volunteer divers shimmy into suits and double-check their air tanks.</p><p>They move with the urgency of a group on a mission. And they are. They’re trying to solve a marine mystery. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:22:50 +0000 Katie Campbell 28005 at http://kuow.org Northwest Starfish Experiments Give Scientists Clues To Mysterious Mass Die-Offs Why Is Lake Washington's Water Level So Low? Ask The Engineers http://kuow.org/post/why-lake-washingtons-water-level-so-low-ask-engineers <p>You may have noticed that water levels at Lake Washington beaches are very low.</p><p>But if you think there might be some connection with the drought that is now gripping much of the western U.S., think again. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:59:53 +0000 Deborah Wang 28158 at http://kuow.org Why Is Lake Washington's Water Level So Low? Ask The Engineers How Far Along Is Puget Sound Partnership In Cleaning Up The Sound? http://kuow.org/post/how-far-along-puget-sound-partnership-cleaning-sound <p>Ross Reynolds talks with <a href="http://wecprotects.org/about/staff-and-board/default-page#joan-crooks-executive-director">Joan Crooks</a>, executive director of the Washington Environmental Council, about the progress made by the <a href="http://www.psp.wa.gov/">Puget Sound Partnership</a> in restoring the health of Puget Sound. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:44:23 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 26797 at http://kuow.org How Far Along Is Puget Sound Partnership In Cleaning Up The Sound? Report: Bellingham Bay A Hostile Place For Small Marine Creatures http://kuow.org/post/report-bellingham-bay-hostile-place-small-marine-creatures <p>A wide array of tiny marine critters are struggling to survive in Bellingham Bay, according to <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1003437-sediment-quality-in-bellingham-bay-2010.html" title="">a recently released report</a> from the Washington Department of Ecology. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:37:26 +0000 Katie Campbell 26791 at http://kuow.org Report: Bellingham Bay A Hostile Place For Small Marine Creatures Washington Officials Say Shellfish Is Safe For China To Import http://kuow.org/post/washington-officials-say-shellfish-safe-china-import <p></p><p>Washington state officials said Tuesday they found lower contamination levels when they tested geoduck clams than those alleged by China when it said geoduck imported from Puget Sound had high levels of arsenic. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:07:18 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 26676 at http://kuow.org Washington Officials Say Shellfish Is Safe For China To Import Call Of The Sound: Romance Of Foghorns Endures http://kuow.org/post/call-sound-romance-foghorns-endures <p></p><p>If you live near downtown Seattle, you may have recently heard a long, low horn reverberating through the soupy nighttime air.</p><p>It happens every once in a while and has some Seattleites mystified. Where does the sound come from? It is a train? A boat? Last call at a Capitol Hill bar? Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jim Gates 26289 at http://kuow.org Call Of The Sound: Romance Of Foghorns Endures Watch Underwater Video Of Sea Stars Dying Off West Seattle http://kuow.org/post/watch-underwater-video-sea-stars-dying-west-seattle <a href="/waypoints" title="Waypoints-blog-logo-FINAL-for-posts by EarthFix, on Flickr"></a><p>Laura James called it one of the saddest things she’s ever seen underwater.<p>Sea stars -- iconic and ever present in Northwest coastal waters -- suddenly becoming sick and dying before her eyes in numbers too great to count. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:03:06 +0000 editor 24811 at http://kuow.org Watch Underwater Video Of Sea Stars Dying Off West Seattle Photos Down Under: A Light Beams From Puget Sound http://kuow.org/post/photos-down-under-light-beams-puget-sound <p>Puget Sound, a spidery inlet of the Pacific Ocean, has often been derided as murky, toxic and so, so cold.</p><p>But <a href="http://kuow.org/people/ann-dornfeld">Ann Dornfeld, KUOW’s education reporter</a>, has come to love the Sound, where <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/anndornfeld/sets/72157616010753726/">she photographs marine life</a>. Her favorite marine invertebrate is a nudibranch. (Her favorite nudibranch is a Cockerell's dorid.) Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:01:26 +0000 Isolde Raftery 23417 at http://kuow.org Photos Down Under: A Light Beams From Puget Sound Orca Population Declines As Puget Sound ‘Remains In Crisis’ http://kuow.org/post/orca-population-declines-puget-sound-remains-crisis <p>Citing worsening marine water quality and the declining orca population, Chinook salmon and herring, the <a href="http://www.psp.wa.gov/">state agency Puget Sound Partnership</a> referred to the Puget Sound as a patient in “critical condition.”</p><p>“Puget Sound remains in crisis,” <a href="http://app.box.com/s/vr2e2349jqsvhvruq9w1">says a report released last week by the agency.</a> “It is increasingly likely that we will not reach our legislatively established targets by 2020.” Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:46:59 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 23239 at http://kuow.org Orca Population Declines As Puget Sound ‘Remains In Crisis’ Mass Starfish Die-Off May Be Headed For Washington http://kuow.org/post/mass-starfish-die-may-be-headed-washington <p>Scientists in two nations are on the lookout for an underwater epidemic that is killing starfish.&nbsp;</p><p>In September, divers in Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound near Vancouver, British Columbia, noticed the pizza-sized starfish known as sunflower stars wasting away and dying in large numbers. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:30:17 +0000 John Ryan 21947 at http://kuow.org Mass Starfish Die-Off May Be Headed For Washington Octopuses' Gardens: State Designates 7 No-Hunt Spots http://kuow.org/post/octopuses-gardens-state-designates-seven-no-hunt-spots <p>When a 19-year-old man lured a giant Pacific octopus from its lair off Alki Beach in West Seattle last year &ndash; legally, it turned out &ndash; a small group of activists were aghast that the charismatic cephalopod wasn&rsquo;t protected. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 17:15:24 +0000 Meghan Walker 21551 at http://kuow.org Octopuses' Gardens: State Designates 7 No-Hunt Spots Ghost-Net Busters http://kuow.org/post/ghost-net-busters <p>Lost and abandoned fishing nets kill untold numbers of sea creatures around the world every year.&nbsp;But there's a growing global movement to remove what are known as "ghost nets" and prevent new ones. And it's starting <a href="http://www.theworld.org/2013/07/ghost-net-busters/">in the Puget Sound</a>.</p><p><strong>Full list of stories on <em>KUOW Presents</em>, July 9:</strong> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:24:55 +0000 Joshua McNichols 16354 at http://kuow.org Ghost-Net Busters Young Puget Sound Oysters Struggling With Acidification http://kuow.org/post/young-puget-sound-oysters-struggling-acidification <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>A <a href="http://phys.org/news/2013-06-ocean-acidification-oysters-inhibiting-shell.html">new study from Oregon State University</a>&nbsp;shows that young oysters are struggling due to ocean acidification. But adult oysters are still growing. What does this mean for the future of wild oysters in the Puget Sound? David Hyde gets the details from Taylor Shellfish’s lead researcher Joth Davis.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:27:32 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 14810 at http://kuow.org Young Puget Sound Oysters Struggling With Acidification Vanquishing Zombie Fishing Nets In Puget Sound http://kuow.org/post/vanquishing-zombie-fishing-nets-puget-sound <p></p><p>Doug Monk has been a commercial diver on the Olympic Peninsula for some 20 years, harvesting shellfish and sea cucumbers. But for the past decade, he’s been after a different harvest: ghost nets.</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:06:55 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 13465 at http://kuow.org Vanquishing Zombie Fishing Nets In Puget Sound