West Coast’s biggest starfish vanishing amid disease, warming oceans, study finds – Seattle Times


Not good news from the starfish front. As most of you know, the starfish wasting disease decimated our native starfish. Whether they ever return to previous numbers is in doubt. Here’s why.

A new study reveals the recent widespread die-off of starfish — linked to climate change, warming oceans and a disease epidemic — imperils the biggest starfish of all, the sunflower star.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/starfish-slaughter-along-west-coast-imperils-biggest-starfish-of-all-as-oceans-warm/

2 Responses

  1. Hey I’m with you on this! I believe that even treated sewage is contributing horribly to the end of the Salish Sea. But salmon are travelers. I don’t believe that they are being as affected by sewage as habitat loss, overfishing and prey availability. I have seen the science on that, and while I agree that sewage is a problem affecting many of our native species, salmon are likely escaping the worse of that issue. But no one, including the PSPS wants to tackle sewage into the Sound. It’s too politically incorrect at present. Let’s remember it’s not just Seattle/Tacoma/Snohomish, there are literally dozens of other sewage plants all over the Sound, including PT, PA, etc. Thanks for your input. We may disagree on a lot, but are in alignment here! Recycle the poop and pee! Dilution is not the solution to pollution when everyone does it!

  2. Would be interesting to see you post something about the effect the billion gallons per month of warm, acidic, oxygen deficient, (and a few other problems) dumped into Salish Sea by Seattle/Sonomish Brightwater sewage treatment plant.

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