ENVIRONMENT: Speaker looks at ocean acidification’s impact on fish

Scott Steltzner, a fisheries biologist with the Squaxin Island Tribe, will be the next presenter in the Discovery Speakers Series.

Steltzner will give his presentation Thursday, the final program in the 2012-13 series.

Working for the tribe the past nine years, Steltzner’s research has included early marine survival of salmonids and assessment of nearshore habitats. He has done a lot of study on the survival of coho after they are released from the tribe’s net pens. He holds a degree in marine biology from San Diego State University.

His program is titled “Ocean Acidification and Fish: It’s not all about the clams.” Steltzner said the program will not be based on research he is doing, but work being done by other researchers that’s going on from Washington to Alaska.

“I will focus on fish, particularly salmon, and how ocean acidification will affect them and what – not much, actually – we can do about it,” Steltzner said. “It’s more to get the topic on the radar for people.”

The free event will be held at LOTT Water Education Science Education Center, 500 NE Adams St., Olympia.

Each of the series’ programs is about a topic that affect the South Sound. The series is sponsored by the South Sound Estuary Association, with support from The Russell Family Foundation and The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound.

For more information, please contact Leihla at 360-888-0565 or leihla@sseacenter.org.

The News Tribune, 3 February 2013. Article.

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