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Watershed Currents - Issues Impacting Northern California Watersheds - First Quarter, 2008
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Watershed Currents Archive - 4th Quarter, 2007
But there's a gaping hole in that news: Schwing said the population of krill has mysteriously crashed in the ocean.
This zooplankton, which resembles a tiny shrimp, is a key salmon food.
Several bird species that depend on krill have also crashed, Schwing said, such as the Cassin's auklet, a seabird that nests on the Farallone Islands.
Also, whales that normally gorge on krill shifted to eating fish.
"Historically there's a strong relationship between abundance of krill and the amount of upwelling that occurs," said Schwing.
Although large bodies of oxygen-poor water far offshore are normal, the rapid expansion of these waters is not.
And scientists link it, in part, to climate change, Schwing said.
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