PUGET SOUND POLLUTION DECLINES, SOME SPECIES INCREASE, BUT MOST FISH
State's, Puget Sound Water Quality Acton Committee's 1998 report to the
legislature, advises that Puget Sound is cleaner with fewer pollutants,
and that there is much improved shellfish conditions. Some species,
notably harbor seals and most duck species are doing very well or well.
Fish are not. Rockfish are severely depressed, herring are depressed, and
many bird species are in trouble. Invasion of non-native exotics, including
Spartina grass, European green crab, and zebra mussels are a concern.
Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team
Report to the Legislature
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