Joint Camano & Whidbey Members Meeting

Virtual Meeting of all SWS Members, Tues, Oct 12

10 to 10:25 am: SWS Joint Members Meeting, John Mathis, Facilitator

  • Orca Recovery Day/Month Eco-Challenge – Gaylen Heacock
  • Close Up Contest – ends Oct 15 – Paulette Brunner or Suzie Gaffney
  • Orca Recovery Day Art Contest (in partnership with MRC) – Allie Hudec
  • Sound Waters University 2021 update – Sue Salveson
  • Board Update – Linda Ade Ridder
  • Staff Update – Kelly Zupich

10:30 to 11:30 am: Speaker Presentation
11:30 am: Breakout Rooms for Island Specific Meetings (this time, only Camano)

10:30 to 11:30 am  Seattle Seawall Salmon Habitat Restoration
Presentation: Jeffrey Cordell, UW School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, leads the downtown Seattle seawall habitat restoration project. Kerry Accola and Bob Oxborrow, two Graduate students and salmon researchers working with Jeffrey will present up-to-date observations and data on the goals of their research and what they are learning so far. Recent findings about marine organisms growing on or near the revamped seawall along with sightings of young salmon suggest the habitat improvements are working. Learn about the seawall design, how it mimics nature, and how they conduct their monitoring.


Kerry Accola received her B.S. in fisheries and wildlife, with an emphasis on conservation biology, from the University of Minnesota. Her graduate research focuses on characterizing diurnal and nocturnal juvenile salmon distributions and dynamics as they migrate from the Duwamish River along the newly constructed Seattle seawall. An acoustic camera, a Dual-frequency Identification Sonar (DIDSON), is used to quantify fish densities and behaviors as they migrate through sections of modified seawall and substrate. This research is funded by Washington SeaGrant and conducted in association with the Fisheries Acoustics Research Lab.

Bob Oxborrow received a B.S. in biology with a minor in marine biology at the University of Washington. He started working for the Wetland Ecosystem Team shortly after graduating and has since continued on to graduate school. He is interested in the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, habitat restoration and how scientific research translates to policy. His graduate research utilizes invertebrate taxonomy to study the value of habitat enhancements designed to benefit migrating juvenile salmon at the newly constructed Seattle waterfront seawall.

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You will receive a zoom link in email prior to the meeting.