SAFS in the News: Beluga whales dive deeper, longer to find food in Arctic

SAFS alum Donna Hauser is featured in UW Today:
‘Reductions in sea ice in the Arctic have a clear impact on animals such as polar bears that rely on frozen surfaces for feeding, mating and migrating. But sea ice loss is changing Arctic habitat and affecting other species in more indirect ways, new research finds.
Beluga whales that spend summers feeding in the Arctic are diving deeper and longer to find food than in earlier years, when sea ice covered more of the ocean for longer periods, according to a new analysis led by University of Washington researchers. 

SAFS in the News: Research uncovers the mysterious lives of narwhals

SAFS professor Kristin Laidre is featured in UW Today (February 9):
‘Narwhals are some of the most elusive creatures in the ocean, spending most of their lives in deep water far from shore. But research being presented at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland Feb. 12 may shed a bit of light on these enigmatic marine mammals.
New research shows narwhals may prefer to congregate near unique glacier fjords with thick ice fronts and low to moderate calving activity, where icebergs break off infrequently. 

SAFS in the News: Simple rules can help fishery managers cope with ecological complexity

SAFS professor Tim Essington is featured in UW Today (February 8):
‘To successfully manage fisheries, factors in the environment that affect fish — like food sources, predators and habitat — should be considered as part of a holistic management plan.
That approach is gaining traction in fisheries management, but there has been no broad-scale evaluation of whether considering these ecosystem factors makes any economic sense for the commercial fishing industry. 

SAFS in the News: If you care about climate change, should you order salad or seafood?

SAFS professor Ray Hilborn is featured on KUOW:
‘Climate change has been identified as a threat to fisheries all over the world, but it’s not easy to find out information about the carbon footprint of seafood. Most groups that offer consumers information about seafood “sustainability” focus on issues like fishing industry practices and regulations.
Seafood Watch, one of the leading guides, doesn’t look at the carbon footprint of the fish they rate. 

SAFS in the News: Small hydroelectric dams increase globally with little research, regulations

SAFS grad student Thiago Couto is featured in UW Today (January 22):
‘Hydropower dams may conjure images of the massive Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state or the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei, China — the world’s largest electricity-generating facility.
But not all dams are the stuff of documentaries. Tens of thousands of smaller hydroelectric dams exist around the world, and all indications suggest that the number could substantially increase in the future. 

Internship: NPAFC Internship Applications due March 22, 2018

Announcement: 2018 NPAFC Internship Program
The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) invites citizens from its member countries (Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, and USA) to apply for the NPAFC Internship Program. One intern will be accepted upon approval of the Commission. The intern will work at the NPAFC Secretariat office in Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

SAFS in the News: Fish to benefit if large dams adopt new operating approach

SAFS professor Julian Olden is featured in UW Today (December 18):
‘Dams and fish have never been best friends.
Thousands of dams built along U.S. rivers and streams over the last century now provide electricity for homes, store water for agriculture and support recreation for people. But they also have significant downstream impacts: They reduce the amount and change the timing of flowing water that fish rely on for spawning, feeding and migration. 

Job: Urgent need for Groundfish Observers to begin 12/26/17

AOI is currently recruiting for new graduates that could begin a North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program training in Seattle on 12/26/17.  Candidates willing to travel and begin work close to the holidays are urgently needed.
If any alumni or recent graduates are still looking for marine science field positions please have them contact me directly at: 888-317-9343
Rachel Moore
Recruiting Coordinator
Alaskan Observers, Inc. 

Student Job: Job Opportunity with Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services (SLS) is looking for TWO undergraduate legal assistants to begin at the end of February 2018. The position is part-time (about 10-15 hours/week) and would be a two year commitment.
SLS is the only on campus law firm that serves students at the University of Washington at all levels of their education. For over 40 years, SLS has helped UW students focus on their education by making legal matters seem approachable and affordable. 

SAFS in the News: When to fish: Timing matters for fish that migrate to reproduce

SAFS Professor Tom Quinn is featured in UW Today:
‘It’s no secret that human activities affect fish, particularly those that must migrate to reproduce. Years of building dams and polluting rivers in some regions have left fish such as salmon struggling to return to their home streams and give birth to the next generation.
A new University of Washington study points to yet another human factor that is hampering the ability of fish to reproduce: the timing of our fishing seasons. 

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