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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...read more
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:...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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....read more
The Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation (BSFRF) is a nonprofit, industry funded cooperative research organization which conducts and supports a variety of projects focusing on commercially important crab species. NRC provides direct oversight of research...read more
Associate Partner, Joan Drinkwin, was named to the Steering Committee of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative at its annual meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, in September 2017.read more
NRC Associate, Joan Drinkwin, is leading a project to test marking and tracking technologies on Fish Aggregation Devices in Vanuatu, Pacific Islands. She is working collaboratively with the Vanuatu Fisheries Department and the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to identify...read more
In The News
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.
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.