Friday, September 9, 2011

9/9 Salish Sea News & Weather: Reefnet fishing, Elwha sockeye, Corps levees, no coal export, green Vancouver, mass extinctions, Arctic ice

PHOTO: Bob Simmons
Today: What’s happening at the Wooden Boat Festival

Today: The Whale


Today: Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark to designate Nisqually Aquatic Reserve

Bob Simmons in Crosscut reports on reefnet fishing out at Lummi Island. An ancient way to fish, and a better one

Lynda Mapes in the Seattle Times reports on the mystery of the Elwha sockeye. A special thrill in the Elwha River

The Puget Sound Partnership wants to preserve fish habitat so is asking the US Army Corps of Engineers for a variance to their policy of removing trees along levees. Corps says they’ll consider. Army Corps says trees can help, harm levees

Eric de Place in Sightlines explains why many communities reject having coal export facilities. The Risky Business of Coal Exports

Some communities, like Mount Vernon, weigh what benefit they get by taking all the risks without any of the benefits of coal export. Consultants for, against coal terminal speak to MV Council

According to The Economist, Vancouver is the greenest city in Canada and ranks second only to San Francisco in North America. Vancouver named greenest city in Canada

That’s a step in the right direction since a Canadian research team has ‘solved’ the biggest mystery in Earth history. Mass extinction due to high ocean acidity

Meanwhile, this year’s Arctic ice cover has retreated to its second-smallest extent since satellite-images have been used to track the ice sheet in the last 30 years. Going, going . . . Arctic ice cover nears record lows

Now, your weekend tug weather:
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT FRI SEP 9 2011
  TODAY
 SW WIND 10 TO 20 KT...BECOMING NW 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT SUBSIDING TO 1 FT. W SWELL 7 FT AT 11 SECONDS. AREAS OF DENSE FOG THIS MORNING.
 TONIGHT
 W WIND 10 KT IN THE EVENING BECOMING LIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 6 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
 SAT
 LIGHT WIND. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 6 FT AT 10 SECONDS.
 SAT NIGHT
 LIGHT WIND. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 FT.
 SUN
 E WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT. W SWELL 5 FT.

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