Video(s) of Salish Sea Shoreline Forum

If you missed the recent Salish Sea Shoreline Forum, you can watch (or listen) to the proceedings provided by Laura James, who videotaped the event. Additional hours of this event are also found on the right hand side of the page below. Some of the issues addressed included alternatives to hard shore armoring.

Citizen Scientists Asked To Help Search For #SickStarfish – Earthfix

This new crisis to our marine environment is spreading, and here’s a way you can help track it. From reports I’ve read, the root cause may be revealed in the next month. Scientists say they feel they are close to uncovering it. I’ll report on those findings as soon as I see them.

With thousands of miles of coastline in North America, scientists can’t be everywhere at once to keep an eye out for sick and dying starfish…. Puget Sound diver Laura James has built a new tool to make it easy for citizen scientists to help…. James and her dive buddy Lamont Granquist created a sick starfish website for tracking posts to social media sites like Twitter and Instagram. If divers, tidepoolers or beachcombers snap photos of starfish and add the hashtag #sickstarfish, their reports will automatically upload to the map. Katie Campbell reports.

See also: Sea star wasting syndrome found in seven specimens in Freshwater Bay

Octopus Hatchings– Diver Laura James

Diver and film maker Laura James captured an octopus hatch on 9/11,

Katherine Harmon Courage explains in the Octopus Chronicles.

Octopus Babies Hatch By the Thousands, Captured On Video

Diver Laura James awarded Conserves Hero

Congratulations, Laura! KIRO 7, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), announced Laura James as Western Washington’s 2012 Cox Conserves Hero. As her nonprofit of choice, Sustainable West Seattle will receive $10,000.

Laura gracefully allowed me to use some of her underwater footage for the follow up to Voices of the Strait.

As an eco-friendly scuba diver, she volunteers her time to removing batteries and other pollutants from the water. James was nominated as a Cox Conserves Hero for her commitment to the Puget Sound.

KIRO 7 Announces Laura James as Western Washington’s 2012 Cox Conserves Hero See also: Congratulations! Laura James wins Cox Conserves Heroes award, gets $ for Sustainable West Seattle