Oct. 4-6: Fish for Teeth brings free mobile dental clinic to San Juan, Lopez Islands

Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth from Thursday, October 4 to Saturday, October 6, 2018. On Thursday, the van will be located at the Lopez Center for Community and Arts and on Friday and Saturday, it will be parked at the Mullis Community Senior Center on San Juan.

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Oct. 13: Beachwatchers wanted for coastal observation and seabird survey team

On October 13 from 11 am to 5 pm, the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver a free training session in Friday Harbor, WA for citizens interested in surveying for marine debris. The COASST Marine Debris program is focused on the intersection of science, conservation, and communities. Rather than simply identifying debris, the program characterizes it and measures its abundance in particular zones of the beach.

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What's SeaWorld got to do with it?

Accusations flew in the emotionally-charged public meeting hosted by NOAA Fisheries at Friday Harbor High School Saturday, September 15, 2018. Angry men, women and a child shared their feelings and thoughts about the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population and berated NOAA staff for their lack of action. 

State Senator Kevin Ranker spoke at the meeting. 

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J50 Update: NOAA stops active search, Stranding Network still on alert

UPDATE from NOAA: After dedicated search efforts for J50 over the last two days, the three-year old female orca is still unaccounted for. The team ended its active search last night, but the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network remains on alert, and this is a time of year with many researchers on the water. The U.S. Coast Guard will also stay on watch, and will issue a notice to mariners to be on the lookout.

 J50 swims in the waters off Point Roberts, Washington Aug. 10, 2018. Photo: Katy Foster/NOAA Fisheries, under permit 18786

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NOAA still holding out hope for J50, Sept 15 meeting in Friday Harbor still on

NOAA"s response team continues to search the air and water extensively Friday, September 14 near where J50 was last seen for signs of her. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are providing dedicated assets to the search.

 J50 swims in the waters off Point Roberts, Washington Aug. 10, 2018. Photo: Katy Foster/NOAA Fisheries, under permit 18786

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