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Fishing Amplifies Forage Fish Collapses

A new study, lead by SAFS Prof. Tim Essington and published on April 6 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “implicates fishing in the collapse of forage fish stocks and recommends risk-based management tools that would track a fishery’s numbers and suspend fishing when necessary.” Read the full story on UW Today >> 

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Board sets new sockeye escapement goals for 2015

Several in the SAFS community have been working on a management strategy evaluation for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Findings were presented to the Alaska Board of Fish resulting in changes to seasonal management targets, reported by The Bristol Bay Times.
Last week the Department of Fish and Game adopted a wider range with raised upper ends for sockeye escapement goals in most Bristol Bay rivers. 

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Students Present Summer Research Projects

This summer SAFS graduate student Emma Timmins-Schiffman along with Bryan Bartley (Bioengineering), and Lauren Vandepas (Biology) – have mentored a group of high school students from local Seattle schools. The students have accomplished some pretty impressive research projects over the course of the summer as they learn about interactions between the environment and local biota. On August 26 at 4 pm, the students will be presenting their research in a  research symposium in FSH 102. 

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Open Notebook Series: Ocean Acidification

As part of a monthly UnSeminar Series there will be a discussion June 27th 9:30 AM in the FTR 103 on Ocean Acidification.
The Open Notebook UnSeminar Series is focused on bringing together disparate research groups interested in sharing experiences, collaboration, and discussing issues related to large data sets, reproducibility, and science.
Everyone is welcome to attend. There will likely be a few slides, but primarily this is an informal discussion of what researchers are doing and how we might collaborate better. 

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Addressing assumptions: variation in stable isotopes and fatty acids of marine macrophytes can confound conclusions of food web studies

MN Dethier, *EA Sosik, *AWE Galloway, DO Duggins, *CA Simenstad. 2013. Feature Article, open access. Marine Ecology Progress Series 478:1-14.
*Authors from SAFS
Research on food webs increasingly relies on sampling biomarkers (stable isotopes and fatty acids) in consumers and their potential prey. In studies of macroalgal and seagrass biomarkers in the northeast Pacific, Dethier and coworkers found substantial variation in biomarkers across dates and sites. 

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UW Science Now at Town Hall | Juliana Houghton: Are We (Noisily) Loving Whales to Death?

SAFS graduate student Juliana Houghton will be speaking at Town Hall this Wednesday, March 6, 2013, from 6:00 – 7:00PM.
This season’s second edition of UW Science Now, which trains University of Washington graduate students to communicate their research to the general public and introduces that public to cutting-edge research in our own backyard, addresses the impact of San Juan whale-watching on the whales themselves. 

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Impacts of ocean acidification on marine seafood

Impacts of ocean acidification on marine seafood
Trevor Branch (SAFS), Liza Ray (SAFS), Bonnie DeJoseph (SEMA), and
Cherie Wagner (SMEA)
A review of the effects of ocean acidification that arose from
graduate student participants in the 2011 Bevan Series on Sustainable
Seafood has just been published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.
Ocean acidification is a series of chemical reactions due to
increased CO2 emissions. 

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Black Abalone Dating Service

Are you a lonely black abalone, seeking a nearby abalone of the opposite sex to spawn near and reproduce with?  If that’s the case, you’re not alone!
Check out SAFS graduate student Brianna Blaud’s Project on Black Abalone which is part of the #SciFund Challenge. Brianna has just surpassed the 50% funding level from 20 contributions and there are 7 days left to go! 

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FISH441 Class Research Published

In this month’s issue of the Journal of Shellfish Research, results from a research project carried out in the lab section of FISH441: Integrative Environmental Physiology was published. David Metzger and Paul Pratt (now both SAFS alum) are primary authors on the paper entitled: Characterizing the Effects of Heavy Metal and Vibrio Exposure on Hsp70 Expression in Crassostrea gigas Gill Tissue. 

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A Dark Cloud and a Silver Lining for the World’s Fisheries

SAFS Professor Ray Hilborn was co-author of “a new study [revealing] that small, unassessed fisheries are in even worse shape than we thought. But the research also provides hope that smarter management could stop the bleeding—and provide more sustainable seafood.”

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