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  • Juvenile Chinook
  • Orca and Salmon
  • Coastal Geologic Services surveys beach conditions for one of FRIENDS' shoreline restoration project
  • FRIENDS conducts forage fish egg surveys on local beaches
  • Volunteers help plant shoreline vegetation along a restored forage fish spawning beach on Shaw Island
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Taking the Lead with Proven Science

 

With over 400 miles of shoreline located at the confluence of Puget Sound, Georgia Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the nearshore marine habitats of San Juan County play a critical role in the regional ecosystem. The same forage fish species and nearshore habitats of interest in salmon recovery are also vital to the protection and restoration of additional key marine species including the federally endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale, six stocks of Puget Sound rockfish, multiple species of seabirds, including the federally threatened Marbled murrelet.

FRIENDS works collaboratively with property owners, biologists, geologists, land managers, public agencies, tribes and other conservation organizations to protect our natural resources and achieve on-the-ground habitat improvements. 

Beginning in 2001, FRIENDS of the San Juans began research linked to salmon recovery by surveying the San Juan Archipelagos smelt and sand lance spawning beaches, nearshore eelgrass beds and habitats suitable to support herring spawning. In 2006/07, FRIENDS also mapped the location of San Juan Countys bull kelp habitat.

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With this data, FRIENDS has created an extensive nearshore habitat database. Integrating this biological data with physical, land use and landowner willingness data, FRIENDS has conducted multiple spatially explicit analyses to identify habitat protection and restoration priorities.  Shoreline analysis project results directly support efforts to strategically protect the best remaining shoreline habitats, implement enhancement and restoration projects in the most feasible and ecologically significant places, and effectively administer and update shoreline protection policies.



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