Salmon Recovery Efforts in Puget Sound - Presentation by Jeannette Dorner
Salmon are the key to the recovery of the endangered southern resident orcas. How are the salmon populations of Puget Sound doing? What can people do to help ensure future healthy populations of salmon in Puget Sound?
Jeanette Dorner, Puget Sound Partnership, will discuss the current health of salmon populations in Puget Sound, what kinds of challenges salmon are facing for their continued survival, and what people are doing to recover salmon populations to healthy harvestable levels in Puget Sound.
Jeanette is the manager of the Ecosystem and Salmon Recovery Program at the Puget Sound Partnership and coordinates the regional partnership to implement the federal ESA Puget Sound Chinook Salmon Recovery Plan.
Join us on February 27 to learn more about Puget Sound salmon and how you can play a role in their recovery.
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This is the second in a series of Orca Talks 2014 hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. The program also features updates from Laura James (tox-ick.org) and Seal Sitters.
About the Speaker
Jeanette Dorner joined the Puget Sound Partnership in August of 2011. The Puget Sound Partnership is a new state agency formed in 2007 to lead the recovery of Puget Sound. Jeanette came to the Partnership after working for the previous 11 years for the Nisqually Indian Tribe as the manager of their Salmon Recovery Program, working with partners throughout the Nisqually River watershed to develop and implement the Nisqually chapter of the federally approved Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Plan.
During her tenure at Nisqually major accomplishments in implementing the Nisqually Chinook Recovery Plan included the restoration of over 900 acres in the Nisqually estuary and the increase in protected ownership along the mainstem of the Nisqually River to 75 percent.
Jeanette has an M.S. in Restoration Ecology from the University of Washington, a B.S. in Earth Sciences and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Pacific Lutheran University. In her current position at the Partnership Jeanette works with her team of Ecosystem Recovery Coordinators to support local collaborative groups of local jurisdictions, Tribes, conservation districts, regional fishery enhancement groups, non-profits and others to recover salmon and restore the health of Puget Sound.
About The Whale Trail
The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites around the region where the public may view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment by establishing a network of viewing sites along the whales' trails through the Salish Sea and the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. Our goals are to: increase awareness that our marine waters are home to orcas and other species; connect visitors to orcas, other marine wildlife and their habitat; inspire stewardship and build community; promote land-based whale watching. Our over-arching goal is to ensure the southern resident orcas do not go extinct.
The Whale Trail provides simple, powerful, and long-lasting reminders to visitors and residents alike that orcas and other whales live in our waters. Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 22 million people each year. Our near-term goals are to add a site in every coastal county in Washington, and around Vancouver Island, throughout the orcas' range. Together, we will turn the tide for the whales!
The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and the Whale Museum. Donna Sandstrom is the Founder and Executive Director. The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, registered in Washington State.
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