|PHOTO: Nancy Leson, Seattle Times|
Oceana filed suit in U.S. District Court contending that NOAA Fisheries Service violated provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens fisheries management act by failing to account for the needs of the ecosystem when setting the harvest limits for sardines, anchovies, mackerel and squid. Sadly, much of the harvest goes for bait and feed used on fish farms. Lawsuit: Overfishing leaves salmon, whales hungry
Is Seattle ready to join Edmonds, Bellingham and Mukilteo in green? The Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee of the Seattle City Council Tuesday approved an amended plastic bag ban that will go to the full Council Monday for final action. Seattle's proposed plastic bag ban clears committee
Thank goodness, they didn’t shoot. The adventurous dumpster-diving black bear who was discovered in downtown Vancouver Monday afternoon has been given a new home in Squamish. Black bear gets new home in Squamish area after downtown Vancouver foray
Meanwhile, the population of coyotes on Fox Island isn’t just dense, “it’s out of whack,” says wildlife biologist Matt Stevens. Fox Island Residents Host Meeting to Discuss Coyote Concerns
Adopt-A-Stream Foundation surveyed streams at Perrinville, Lunds Gulch and Picnic Point and reports that each has good habitat supporting fish but barriers remain that prevent salmon and trout from traveling to the streamhead to spawn. Three Edmonds streams in good health but few hurdles remain for salmon
Fixing the new Discover Pass: Washington State University’s November survey showed that the one-pass for one-car policy has a negative effect on people purchasing the Discover Card. A clause in the program that limited transferability between vehicles will become a thing of the past under legislation proposed by state Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island. Ranker proposes new legislation for Washington Park Discover Pass
Know the difference between cleaning up debris in the open ocean and cleaning it up once it’s reached the shore? Open ocean cleanup efforts require hands, boat and supplies which can cost more than $35,000 per day to operate, because the composition of the debris makes it difficult to clean. Tsunami debris 'difficult to clean' and most must come up by hand
Vanessa Ho at SeattlePI.com reports on Seattle’s update of its shoreline master plan and its effects on “liveaboards.” What’s a “houseboat” and when is a vessel a “floating home?” When are you living on a “house barge” and not on a “vessel?” Seattle cracks down on houseboat-like boats
One of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s legislative priorities is HB 1904 which would allow visiting boats to stay in Washington longer, making it easier for boatyards to install water treatment systems and protecting boaters from additional taxes. Boat battles brewing in Oly
Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 242 AM PST WED DEC 14 2011
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 2 FT. W SWELL 6 TO 7 FT AT 12 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF RAIN.
SE WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 4 TO 5 FT AT 11 SECONDS. RAIN LIKELY IN THE EVENING...THEN RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT.
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