The University of Washington research vessel named the Thomas G Thompson has been a spotted as a regular these days off off Blake Island.
I'm guessing that they are testing the local waters beyond the out-going currents of Rich Passage where several Atlantic Salmon farming pens are located. Their website isn't revealing what they've been up to recently but a potential break out of Salmon Anemia in Puget Sound must have their attention. Monday was so beautiful out that I ventured over in the Beach Drive Blog zodiac to check out the operations. Enjoy!
Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog