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May 2022 Meeting - Presented on Zoom

“Forage Fish Research and Management”
Presented by:  Phillip Dionne, Research Scientist, WDFW
Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 PM

Forage fish are critical to the marine food web and support populations of many of the Salish Sea’s most important and iconic species.  Learn about the different forage fish in Washington, why they are so important, the research being done, and how we manage them in the face of a rapidly changing ecosystem.

Phillip Dionne is the forage fish research and management lead for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and has been with WDFW since 2011.  During this time, he has worked on tagging and telemetry studies of ESA listed green sturgeon, developed spawning biomass estimates for Pacific herring and ESA listed Eulachon Smelt.  Phillip has also developed new methods to improve detection of Surf Smelt and Pacific Sand Lance habitat, monitored the effects of shoreline modifications on nearshore habitat, and assisted with surveys of coastal pelagic species.  He has also had the privilege to work with and train over 200 hundred volunteers, professional biologists, and AmeriCorps interns in the US and Canada to document forage fish habitat.  Photo:  Horned Grebe by Christopher Ciccone.

Register for this Zoom event at:  Pre-registration is required and limited to 100 attendees.  Please only one registrant per household.  After you register, you will receive an email with the link to sign in at the time of the event.  Questions?  Contact

PREVIOUS MONTH’S PROGRAM:  If you missed the excellent April 12th Zoom presentation, “Birds of the Olympic Coast” by Chris Williams, you can view the recording at:


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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center (Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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