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Known fish species living in the Salish Sea increases in new report

A new report documents all of the fishes that live in the Salish Sea.

Salish A new report documents all of the fishes that live in the Salish Sea, a roughly 6,500-square-mile region that encompasses Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Strait of Georgia, the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands. In total, 253 fish species have been recorded, about 14% more than the last count.

The report co-authored by Ted Pietsch, a University of Washington emeritus professor of aquatic and fishery science and Jay Orr, a scientist with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center and a former graduate student of Pietsch’s, represents the first thorough survey and analysis of Salish Sea fishes in 35 years.

Fishes of the Salish Sea: A compilation and distributional analysis,” published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, includes a full taxonomic list as well as an analysis of geographic distribution and relative local abundance, along with common and scientific names and key references to learn more about each species. Some of the fishes are depicted in hand-drawn images by artist Joe Tomelleri.

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