Why are salmon and steelhead dying in the shared marine waters of British Columbia and Washington State and why does it matter?

In this What’s Up interview Executive Director of Long Live the Kings (http://www.lltk.org/ ) Jacques White talks with BCB Host Sonia Scaer about how federal and state agencies, tribes, academia and nonprofits from the US and Canada are working together to solve the biggest mystery impacting salmon recovery and sustainable fisheries.

The Salish Sea―encompassing Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca―supports all seven species of Pacific salmon. Of these salmon, Chinook, coho, and steelhead have experienced tenfold declines in survival during the marine phase of their lifecycle, and their total abundance remains well below what it was 30 years ago. Historically, our collective understanding of what drives salmon and steelhead survival in saltwater has been extremely limited.

For the last 20 years, Jacques has worked on critical conservation issues in the Pacific Northwest and has focused on being a catalyst for improved health of salmon and the ecosystems they share with people.

Jacques will be speaking on “The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project: wild salmon and steelhead recovery in Puget Sound”at Bainbridge Open Mic Science, 8 pm on Tuesday June 6 at the Treehouse Café.

The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project (http://marinesurvivalproject.com/ ) is a comprehensive study of the physical, chemical and biological factors impacting salmon survival. With continued support and funding, the project will identify causes and solutions related to low marine survival, which could be the missing link in salmon and steelhead recovery.

Join Jacques at Bainbridge Open Mic Science and learn more about this interesting research and the new technologies used to discover why salmon and steelhead are dying in the combined waters of Puget Sound.

Credits: BCB host: Sonia Scaer; audio editor: Chris Walker; social media publisher: Diane Walker.