KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The latest report on the health of the Puget Sound shows some improvement for shellfish beds and swimming beaches in Whatcom County.
The Puget Sound Partnership released its 2013 “State of the Sound” report to the governor’s office on Friday.
The partnership’s Deputy Director, Alana Knaster says efforts to reduce the amount of human and animal waste in the water are quickly having a positive effect on shellfish in Whatcom County.
Nearly 2,900 acres of shellfish beds throughout the Puget Sound were reopened for harvest between 2007 and 2013.
The beach at Birch Bay met water quality standards in 2012 after failing in 2011.
Little Squalicum Beach and Wildcat Cove at Larrabee State Park are still failing to meet water quality standards.
The report shows salmon are still struggling, and the number of orcas has declined from 86 to 82 since 2010 .
For more information on the 2013 State of the Sound report, visit www.psp.wa.gov/sos.php.