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SAFS in the News: Arctic sea ice loss impacts beluga whale migration

SAFS alum Donna Hauser and SAFS professor Kristin Laidre are featured in UW Today:
‘The annual migration of some beluga whales in Alaska is altered by sea ice changes in the Arctic, while other belugas do not appear to be affected.
A new study led by the University of Washington finds that as Arctic sea ice takes longer to freeze up each fall due to climate change, one population of belugas mirrors that timing and delays its migration south by up to one month. 

SAFS in the News: Hundreds Of Dead Puffins Are Mysteriously Washing Ashore In Alaska

SAFS Professor Julia Parrish is featured on Huffington Post:
‘The puffins were not supposed to be there. Though the birds are a common sight on the Alaskan island of St. Paul, they typically fly the coop before October, heading south to overwinter.
But a few bedraggled birds had been discovered on the wind-swept, rocky shoreline of the North Pacific island during the first week of October. 

SAFS in the News: 2 UW scientists lead effort to craft ‘blueprint’ for holistic fisheries management

SAFS Prof. Tim Essington is featured in UW Today:
‘Two University of Washington professors are leading an effort to help U.S. fisheries consider the larger marine environment, rather than just a single species, when managing a fishery.
Tim Essington, a UW professor of aquatic and fishery sciences, and Phil Levin, a UW professor of practice and lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy, head a taskforce convened by the Lenfest Ocean Program to guide managers on implementing ecosystem-based fisheries management. 

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SAFS in the News: Narwhals, Tusked Whales of the Arctic, See With Sound. Really Well.

SAFS professor Kristin Laidre is featured in the New York Times:
‘The narwhal is not an aquatic unicorn. It’s not magical, or mythical. It’s just a whale with two teeth, one of which happens to be really long on males. But it’s not just its snaggletooth — which can be up to nine feet long — that makes this Arctic sea creature unbelievable. 

SAFS in the News: Mislabeled seafood may be more sustainable, new study finds

SAFS grads Christine Stawitz, Megsie Siple, Stuart Munsch, and Qi Lee are featured in UW Today:
‘With seafood, what you see is not always what you get.
It’s no secret that mislabeling is rampant around the world. Recent studies estimate up to 30 percent of seafood served in restaurants and sold in supermarkets is actually something other than what is listed on the menu or label. 

SAFS in the News: NSF award to launch citizen science initiative across Pacific Rim

SAFS professor Julia Parrish is featured in UW Today:
‘What if every coastal community along the entire Pacific Rim were involved in monitoring their local marine environment, and all of that data were brought together in one place? Imagine, for example, if residents in Long Beach, Washington, could submit information about seabirds they observe, then look up bird data from another coastal community in southeast Alaska to compare notes. 

SAFS in the News: Missing fish catch data? Not necessarily a problem, new study says

UW Today and Fish and Fisheries features SAFS grad student Merrill Rudd and SAFS professor Trevor Branch:
‘Each day in fishing communities around the world, not every fish is counted. This happens in part because of illegal fishing, poor or incomplete surveys and discarded fish from commercial operations.
Recording how many fish are caught is one important requirement to measure the well-being of a fish stock — if scientists know the number of fish taken from the ocean, they can adjust management of that fishery to keep it from being overfished. 

SAFS in the News: Floating DNA reveals urban shorelines support more animal life

SAFS graduate student Natalie Lowell and SAFS alumna Shannon Hennessey are featured in UW Today:
‘Every living thing leaves a genetic trail in its wake. As animals, plants and microbes shed cells and produce waste, they drop traces of their DNA everywhere — in the air, soil and water.
Researchers are now able to capture the cells of animals, sequence their DNA and identify which species were present at a point in time. 

SAFS in the News: All polar bears across the Arctic face shorter sea ice season

SAFS professor Kristin Laidre is featured in UW Today:
‘It’s no secret that Arctic sea ice is melting.
Polar bears, the poster child for climate change, are among the animals most affected by the seasonal and year-to-year changes in Arctic sea ice, because they rely on this surface for essential activities such as hunting, traveling and breeding.
A new University of Washington study, with funding and satellite data from NASA, finds a trend toward earlier sea ice melt in the spring and later ice growth in the fall across all 19 polar bear populations, which can negatively impact the feeding and breeding capabilities of the bears. 

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