Beanies Reveal Seal Strategy

The seals are not going after just any salmon. They are targeting juvenile Coho and Chinook that are heading from freshwater out to the Salish Sea.

Ocean Hazard Under Microscope

A salmon’s diet changes as it grows. Juvenile salmon go for zooplankton among other freshwater food sources; adult salmon in the ocean feed on krill and small fish. But the dense collections of plants that form the very base of the marine food web – algal blooms – pose a threat.

Sew a salmon habitat

Nikki Wright inspires people to “sew” grass – eelgrass to be precise – lots of it and into the ocean floor. The marine vegetation is native to the west coast, and a lifesaver for young salmon. After they spend a year or two in freshwater, the salmon head out for the ocean where they are vulnerable to sharp-eyed eagles and other predators. The long eelgrass that grows close to the shoreline provides essential protection for the salmon and a food source of minnows and small insects.