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SAFS in the News: New fish genus and species named for its red, fingerlike fins

SAFS professor Ted Pietsch and SAFS alum Rachel Arnold are featured in UW Today:
“After nearly 35 years, a color-changing fish known for its red ‘fingers’ finally has a proper name.
University of Washington scientists recently announced the name of a new genus and species of frogfish, which are small, stocky creatures found in most tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. 

SAFS in the News: Columbia's sockeye salmon face mass die-off

AFS professor Jim Anderson is featured in Al Jazeera America:
“More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.
Federal and state fisheries biologists say the warm water is lethal for the cold-water species and is wiping out at least half of this year’s return of 500,000 fish and by the end of the season that death toll could grow to as high as 400,000. 

SAFS in the News: 'Smart Catch' Seeks To Tell Consumers If Their Seafood Habits Are Sustainable

AFS professor Trevor Branch is featured on Northwest News on KPLU:
“Making sure seafood is both healthy and sustainable can be complicated.
A new label called Smart Catch is trying to change that. Launched in Seattle, Smart Catch attempts to make consumers aware of how their purchased seafood came to their plates by placing a seal of approval on restaurant menus.”
By Bellamy Pailthorp
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SAFS in the News: Warming Favors Invasive Fish over Native Trout and Salmon

AFS grad student Erika Sutherland is featured in the June edition of the new Northwest Climate Magazine:
“Before Erika Sutherland was an aquatic ecologist, she was a fighter pilot.
‘One of the rare opportunities I had was to look down on the world, all over the world, and see impacts, including how many political problems were caused by the sharing of water,’ says Sutherland.”
By Lisa Hayward
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SAFS nominees for UW College of Environment Outstanding Diversity Commitment Award

The new College of Environment Outstanding Diversity Commitment Award celebrates individuals committed to being leaders in diversity and inclusion in the College, the University, and beyond.
Several SAFS students and staff were among the 2014-15 nominees, including one grad student named as an Honorable Mention (full list of nominees can be found here):
Outstanding Diversity Commitment Honorable Mention
Emily Davis
Graduate Student, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Emily developed the Peer Mentoring Program, which connects young graduate students with older student mentors at the School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences. 

UW CoEnv Insider: UW ecologist and citizen scientists lead the charge against invasive crayfish

AFS professor Julian Olden was featured in the June edition of the UW College of the Environment’s Insider Newsletter:
“There’s no time­ like the present for Pine Lake residents—an invasive species of crayfish has taken hold in their backyard and community members are mobilizing to give them the boot. Even though it means setting aside several hours a week during western Washington’s best weather months, these citizen scientists swap their fishing poles for cage traps, hiking boots for clipboards, and swimsuits for scientific instruments to restore the lake’s ecosystem. 

UW CoEnv Insider: Meet Meryl Mims

AFS Grad Meryl Mims was featured in the June edition of the UW College of the Environment’s Insider Newsletter:
“With two degrees under her belt and dissertation research to complete, Meryl Mims found herself in southeastern Arizona’s Sky Islands in the summer of 2013. In a landscape known for the juxtaposition of its sprawling features—where towering, forested mountains seep upward through the desert’s dry, cracked surface—a two-inch long frog captured Mims’ attention.”
By Kelly Knickerbocker
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UW Today Article: Ocean Modeling Forum to bring human element to herring fishery, others

Ocean Modeling Forum to bring human element to herring fishery, others, featuring SAFS Director André Punt.
Similar to how hurricane forecasters combine all projected paths of the storm to predict landfall, a new group aims to take the most useful science and perspectives to gauge how the world’s oceans should be best managed.
The Ocean Modeling Forum, a collaboration between the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at University of Washington and NOAA Fisheries, is trying something very rare — bringing together multiple science models and people who care about a particular ocean resource or fishery to decide what’s most important for its vitality and the communities it serves. 

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