North Kitsap Herald:

Scientists are turning their focus to a nondescript group of fish as the United States Geological Service moves ahead with its long-term study of Liberty Bay.

Beginning Dec. 10, USGS crews will access beaches between Poulsbo’s Oyster Plant Park and Point Bolin to get a clear idea of the existing forage fish habitats in both developed and relatively undeveloped areas.

the information being collected during the study could play an important role in protecting the environment for all in the future, said Suquamish Tribe salmon recovery coordinator Paul Dorn.

“This study goes beyond the normal parameters and the tribe is happy to be involved,” Dorn said.

In addition to studying forage fish, researchers are also testing water samples for antibiotics and flame retardant chemicals, which can enter the bay through various types of runoff, he said.

So far, none of those results have crossed redline thresholds, which is an encouraging sign, he said.

“This will help us make decisions as local government to protect resources that are important to all of us,” Dorn said.