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NRC Shoutout in Conservation Cafe Podcast
The Conservation Cafe Podcast episode five, Lost to Found: How the Catch More Crab campaign in Puget Sound, WA is saving crabs and filling crab pots, just aired and features a super shout-out to NRC and Kyle Antonelis on efforts to improve policy for the recreational...
Bering Sea Crab Research Project Published!
Madison Heller-Shipley of NRC recently had her thesis work, a collaborative project with NOAA, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Alaska crab industry, and the University of Washington approved for publication. The State of Alaska used the work to update the...
NRC’s Greg Ruggerone presents at the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission
Greg Ruggerone presented a talk titled: Bottom-up and Top-down Processes Drive the Survival and Abundance of Pacific Salmon, at the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission in late May. This work was featured in the Columbia Basin newsletter, Clearing Up, in the...
NRC Awarded Funding Through Canada’s Ghost Gear Fund
NRC was awarded funding from Canada's Sustainable Fisheries Solutions & Retrieval Support Contribution Program, or Ghost Gear Fund. NRC will conduct five activities designed to create a baseline of capacity in British Columbia to locate and remove abandoned, lost,...
NRC and Collaborators Publish Extraordinary Article on Biennial Pattern of Birth and Mortality Observed in Critically Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales
NRC partner Greg Ruggerone and co-authors from University of Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently published “Unprecedented biennial pattern of birth and mortality in an endangered apex predator, the southern resident killer whale, in the...
NRC Partners Publish Article on Rockfish Bycatch in Fisheries Research
NRC partners Kyle Antonelis, James Selleck, and Joan Drinkwin recently published “Bycatch of rockfish in spot prawn traps and estimated magnitude of trap loss in Washington waters of the Salish Sea,” in the journal Fisheries Research. The article can be accessed here:...
NRC Receives Grant to Remove Derelict Nets From Puget Sound
Natural Resources Consultants was recently awarded a $165,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for the survey and removal of derelict fishing nets from areas of historic derelict net accumulations in Washington waters of the Salish Sea. This...
New Science Publication Quantifies Record-Setting Salmon Abundance in North Pacific Ocean
Is it possible that there are too many salmon in the Pacific Ocean? Is high salmon abundance causing reduced growth and lower survival of some salmon populations? The idea of too many salmon may seem preposterous for many people that frequently hear about declining...
Greg Ruggerone Publishes in Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science
Dr. Greg Ruggerone co-authored a recent publication in Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science: Volcanic ash deposition, eelgrass beds, and inshore habitat loss from the 1920s to the 1990s at Chignik, Alaska. Find the free, online version of this paper...
New Document Outlines Methods to Locate Lost Fishing Gear in Marine Waters
Joan Drinkwin prepared a derelict fishing gear location guidance document for the Global Ghost Gear Initiative. This document contains a general overview of the methodologies used globally to locate lost, abandoned and discarded fishing gear in the marine environment....
In The News
July 9, 2021: Decline of Five Pacific Salmon Species Could Signal Tipping
July 8, 2020: Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces 26 recipients of $8.3 million fund to clean up oceans of “ghost” fishing gear – MarketsBusinessInsider.com
October 2019: Army divers go deep into Puget Sound to target lost nets. Watch the video seen on NBC news.
August 2019: Old nets kill marine life every year, but the Army is diving to the rescue. Hundreds of derelict nets are tangled deep in Puget Sound, threatening delicate marine habitat. So Washington Department of Natural Resources officials enlisted the Army’s deep-sea dive team for help.
June 2019: Discarded fishing nets continue to catch wildlife. For more information on talk given by Joan Drinkwin June 25, 2019 at The Whale Museum, please click here.
June 2019: A Day on the Water: Derelict Crab Pot Removal in Washington State.
April 2019: Greg Ruggerone was a plenary speaker at the 2019 General Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Greg’s presentation was titled: Pink Salmon Impacts on the North Pacific Ecosystem, Including Southern Resident Killer Whales. Click here to link to the presentation abstract.
February 2019: National and international newspapers feature an article highlighting the recently published research by Greg Ruggerone and coauthors on the link between pink salmon abundance and Orca birth and mortality patterns.
November 2018: An article in the magazine The Marine Biologist reports on a recent NRC publication regarding the trophic cascade caused by pink salmon abundance in the North Pacific.
August 2018: Alaska Sporting Journal publishes article on NRC research that documents the impact of high abundances of pink salmon on the marine food chain and other salmon species.
June 2018: A successful derelict crab pot removal project conducted by NRC and NWSF was reported in the Skagit Valley Herald and posted on their website goskagit.com. Over 455 lost pots were removed from around Anacortes and over 434 crab saved!
April 2018: A new article published in Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science, reports that, contrary to most media reports, the total abundance of Pacific salmon is at record high levels, and Pink, Chum, and Sockeye salmon have been more abundant during the past 25 years than any time since 1925.
March 2018: A new NOAA/NRC/UAF/USGS fisheries study highlights how changes in the seafloor caused by volcanoes and eelgrass transform salmon habitat in Chignik, AK.
August 2017: Juvenile Salmon and Nearshore Fish Use in Cornet Bay, Deception Pass State Park in Response to Beach Restoration, 2009-2016.
May 2017: NRC works with Douglas Indian Association in Juneau, Alaska to recover lost crab pots in Gastineau Channel.