Thursday, October 13, 2011

10/13 Salish Sea News & Weather: PA sewer, orcas, seals, Nooksack dace, catfish, small boats, Adventuress

PHOTO: Ryan Kitko
Something’s happening here, what it is, it ain’t very clear— but we’ll find out soon enough:  “The Honourable Peter Kent Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada and The Honourable Terry Lake Minister of the Environment  for British Columbia invite you to an important announcement regarding THE PROTECTION OF SOUTHERN STRAIT OF GEORGIA. The event will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre 9811, Seaport Place Sidney, BC.”

New blog: “What Is A ‘Constituency’ For Puget Sound?”

Port Angeles can go ahead with its excavation for its sewer having determined that there are no archeological issues involved. Only an ax handle and remnants of old bottles were found at the former Rayonier pulp mill site. No archeological artifacts found in planned sewer path in Port Angeles

If you like to watch: Susan Berta at Orca Network alerts us to a new video The Orca Project has released that reveals the differences between life for killer whale families in the wild and in captivity. “A Better Way to See Orcas

Meanwhile, no justice for Morgan, the four-year-old killer whaler rescued by the Dutch, but not to be released back to the wilds. Dutch killer whale to be sent to Spanish zoo  And, the sad end to the killer whale that swam up the Alaska river and stayed there to die: Killer whale in Alaska river was pregnant, veternarians say
 

There have been 37 sea pups on West Seattle beaches this season compared to 33 last season— and the Seal Sitters are watching out for every one of them. Seal Pups on Seattle's Shore Attracting Attention

Our Lady of the North reminded me that tiny are important as well: “The rare Nooksack dace is found only in four streams in Canada, all in the Fraser Valley, and its habitat is dwindling,” writes Mark Hume in The Globe and Mail and may soon be found only in two watersheds. Future of tiny fish caught in web of politics

And to the big: France’s Rhone River has invasive swarms of 25- to 140-pound Wels catfish pooping and peeing and creating nutrient-rich “hotspots” that may be the largest ever recorded in freshwater. Colossal Catfish!

Small boat story: Barbara Bach in Three Sheets Northwest writes about the attraction of small boats and the upcoming love fest. Small Boats Saturday at Cama Beach


Go Adventuress: Sound Experience has raised $37,281 towards their goal of $52,000 by asking donors to kick in $29 in their 29-day campaign which ends Oct 22. Fundraiser has schooner Adventuress sailing toward $52,000 goal
 

More than a big boat story: You have to read this blog by Arlene Plevin. The Yellow Coat
 

Now, your tug weather:
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT THU OCT 13 2011
  SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
  TODAY
 W SWELL 11 FT AT 12 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 9 FT AT 12 SECONDS. E WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT.
 TONIGHT
 E WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 7 FT AT 10 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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