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Ryan Scarff- The Causes of the Endangerment of Pinto Abalone in the Puget Sound I have spent the majority of my summer vacations in the wonderful San Juan Islands. It is a beautiful, pristine place to live. My family has had a small piece of land on Pearl Island, where we like to camp, fish and explore, since 1957. I obviously haven’t been there any time before the last nineteen years. In this time that I have been around the islands, I have seen great change in the environment. Yes I can still see an occasional orca pod out the in the straights, the sunsets still set the entire horizon ablaze with an orange glow and the water is still cold and full of life. My question arises from the change in the exact types of life these waters are home to and why these changes are occurring. Recent local news articles are alerting the public in the Puget Sound about a continuing issue of decreasing numbers of the nearly extinct abalone mollusk. My uncle still tells stories of scuba diving years ago and finding numerous clusters of
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