Thursday, September 29, 2011

9/29 Salish Sea News & Weather: Sound & Vision, dog poop, monitoring & research, Trident Seafoods, coho run, Frankenfish, rainwater, Arctic ice

IMAGE: Laura James/Sound & Vision
Eric Becker’s killer documentary premiers at the NW Film Forum in Seattle at 7 PM on Monday. Sound and Vision captures the stories of people working to make Puget Sound’s estuarine waters a better place. Tickets here.  On Tuesday, Ashley Ahearn hosts Becker on a live chat at 2:30 PM. Details at Join us for a live chat with Eric Becker

Pick up the poop. A campaign that meets dog owners and their dogs at neighborhood dog parks is under way to educate pet owners in the Henderson Inlet and Nisqually Reach watersheds.  If you don't clean up after dogs, you contribute to pollution, residents told

Join Chris Bauer on a video voyage doing the important job of monitoring marine protected areas established off the California coast. One Fish Two Fish: Monitoring Marine Protected Areas  Locally, Kim Todd blogs on the importance of monitoring how well the Elwha dams removal restores wildlife and fisheries. Will the Elwha's model for dam removal be validated?  And, in a larger context, Bill Stafford addresses the local “industry” of research— and our strategic shortcomings. Losing ground in the research race

Trident Seafoods of Seattle will pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle an EPA charge that it violated Clean Water rules in Alaska— as well as invest $30 million in waste controls. Major seafood processor agrees to civil penalty

Fishing moves north to the Straits, according to Seattle Times fisher-reporter Mark Yuasa. Coho salmon should be best in northern Puget Sound

From Grist: AquaBounty Technology's genetically modified salmon just got a hefty financial boost from the USDA: On Monday, the agency awarded the Massachusetts-based company $494,000 to study technologies that would render the genetically tweaked fish sterile. This would reduce the likelihood they could reproduce with wild salmon, should any escape into the wild -- a scenario that has many environmentalists concerned. Feds help GMO salmon swim upstream    

Katie Campbell of EarthFix reports on folks gathering in Portland this week for the national rainwater harvesting conference. No kidding. Rainwater Industry Goes Beyond the Barrel in Portland

Canada’s Arctic ice shelves, formations that date back thousands of years, have been almost halved in size over the last six years, researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa, say. Arctic Shelves Have Lost Half Their Size in Six Years   A Canadian federal panel reports in the study, “Paying the Price: The Economic Impacts of Climate Change for Canada,” that Canada can expect to pay between $21 billion and $43 billion each year by 2050 if it doesn’t plan to tackle climate change. Climate change could cost Canada billions
        

Now, your tug weather:
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT THU SEP 29 2011
  SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON
  TODAY
 E WIND 15 TO 25 KT EASING TO 10 KT EARLY AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. W SWELL 6 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
 TONIGHT
 W WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 10 SECONDS. CHANCE OF RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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