Greetings WDFW Mussel Watch participants,
I hope the new year finds everyone well and rejuvenated. I am happy to say that we now have the 2019-2020 WDFW-SAM Puget Sound Nearshore Mussel Monitoring report to share with everyone. It has been a long time coming and I appreciate everyone’s patience as we have trudged through setbacks in the last couple years. The report is attached and also available for download from our WDFW publications website: https://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/02345
Despite sending this email out to over 200 participants from the 2019-20 and 2021-22 surveys, there is still a very likely chance I may have missed someone. So, please feel free to distribute this report to all you think may take interest. It always amazes me how many people contribute to making these surveys a success! Many thanks to all!
Results presented in this report are focused on evaluating changes in contamination of the mussels at SAM sites within the urban growth area (UGA) sampling frame SAM used in the first three surveys conducted in 2015/16, 2017/18 and 2019/20. Additional partner site (non-SAM) data are presented in Appendix C. In the coming months, it is our intent to have a StoryMap with data available from all sites/partners/years.
Planning for our winter 2023-24 survey will be underway in a couple months. So, stay tuned for field planning updates from Danielle Nordstrom.
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife | Marine Fish Science
Toxics Biological Observation System for the Salish Sea (TBiOS)
Mariko.Langness@dfw.wa.gov | 360-688-4873