County represented at Vancouver's Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

San Juan County will be represented at the upcoming2011 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference to be held in Vancouver, B.C. this October.

Michael Schmidt, director of fish programs at Long Live the Kings, whose first hatchery is on Orcas Island, will present a talk, "A Transboundary Research Approach to Understanding the Marine Survival of Salmon in the Salish Sea."

SeaDoc Society director Joseph Gaydos will present on "Comparing post-release movement of rehabilitated harbor seal pups to age-matched wild seals."

The SeaDoc Society's Nacho Vilchis, postdoctoral fellow with the Salish Sea Marine Bird Project, will present "Long-term trends of wintering marine birds in Puget Sound."

Friends of the San Juans science director Tina Whitman will present "Shoreline Restoration in the San Juan Archipelago: addressing cumulative impacts."

Friends of the San Juans staff attorney Kyle Loring will present "Regulatory threats to marine ecosystems: systemic pressures to elevate compensation over protection."

Sally Hawkins of the Friends of the San Juans will present a poster, "Marine and Freshwater Riparian Inventory for San Juan County, Washington."

Other participating San Juan Island organizations include KWIAHT, UW/Friday Harbor Laboratories, and The Whale Museum.

In addition, Monique Lance, a biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, will present "Seasonal and spatial variation in harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) diet in the San Juan Islands, Washington."

Other conference presenters represent the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Makah Tribal Council, Environment Canada, the University of British Columbia, the Washington Department of Ecology, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, and many more groups including universities, government and nonprofit organizations.

Conference organizers will be posting an Abstract Book on the conference website in late September/early October, which will provide a summary for each presentation.


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