Everett Herald:

Spending millions of dollars to save salmon in Snohomish County rivers and streams is wasted if the fish die in Possession Sound and Port Susan before they make it out to sea.

Wildlife officials say it’s hard to know what happens to young salmon once they reach waters off Snohomish County’s shore, but a plant called eelgrass may give them some clues.

Little is known, however, about eelgrass locations and densities in Snohomish County waters.

The county, in partnership with the Tulalip Tribes and the Northwest Straits Initiative, is trying to change that, said Stef Frenzl, marine resources steward for the county.