Photo by Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle

Nov 27, 2016

Filipa A. Ioannou's Chronicle article sounds an alert over the health risks posed by decaying creosote pilings in the Bay, with particular attention on the adverse effects on pacific herring, which she notes is a keystone species.

SFEI's study forms a foundation for recent concerns about pacific herring, since the December 2010 study mapped the pilings, assessed the likely adverse impacts of their continued decay, and considered various treatment or removal methods. Recent concerns about the condition of the fishery have spurred renewed attention on the study. Under the threats of climate change, with higher temperatures and sea levels, the Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking precautionary measures to protect the integrity of a fishery that may be facing new challenges.

By: 
Filipa A. Ioannou
Associated Staff: 
Programs and Focus Areas: 
Clean Water Program
Environmental Informatics Program
Resilient Landscapes Program