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Eyes Over Puget Sound: 2018 Year in Review

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19-03-070January 2019
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Author(s) Krembs, Christopher
Description In 2018, water temperatures were slightly warmer than normal. Aerial photos revealed many spawning herring and baitfish as well as algal blooms. We also saw abundant macro-algae, a persistent Noctiluca bloom, and countless red blooms. Were these observations related to the cool, wet spring followed by a warm, dry, and sunny summer? Or did the neutral boundary conditions in the Pacific Ocean also play a role?

What we know is that warmer water and sufficient phytoplankton helped to support the populations of plankton-feeders, which led to good growth conditions for herring. This is not what we expected to see after four years of early discharges from the Fraser River, which likely affected water renewal in the Salish Sea. The earlier peak spring flow, however, is consistent with predicted climate forecasts for our region.
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Keywords marine water monitoring, EOPS, Marine Flights, marine beaches, marine water quality, marine monitoring, marine waters, Eyes Over Puget Sound, marine conditions, puget sound watershed, Puget Sound, marine
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