Tuesday, January 24, 2012

1/24 Samish closure, Kalakala, native foods, oil & herring, Sound Waters

(PHOTO: North Sound Baykeeper)
Water samples taken Saturday from Samish Bay showed high levels of fecal coliform from the waste of animals, septic systems and other various sources of pollution— so the bay is closed, again, to commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting. Samish Bay closed again to shellfish harvesting  

Last week’s storm caused the beleaguered historic ferry Kalakala to list at its moorings in the Hylebos Waterway. The Coast Guard might seize the vessel and dismantle it to prevent it from becoming a navigation hazard.  Historic ferry Kalakala listing at Port of Tacoma  

Lynda Mapes of the Seattle Times blogs on the Burke Museum’s exhibit of the region’s indigenous foods, its gathering and its uses. Salish Bounty: traditional foods exhibit at the Burke Museum

Read Carl Safina’s recap of the December report, “Unexpectedly high mortality in Pacific herring embryos exposed to the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay,” published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Oil and Herring Don’t Mix by Carl Safina  

The annual Sound Waters one-day university will be held in Langley on February 4 and features a keynote address by Joseph Gaydos, chairman of Puget Sound Partnership’s science panel on “Marine Science: Can it Help the Salish Sea?” Keynote address at Sound Waters examines impact of marine science

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 302 AM PST TUE JAN 24 2012
...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...
TODAY...SE WIND RISING TO 25 TO 35 KT BY NOON...THEN EASING AND BECOMING S LATE. COMBINED SEAS 8 TO 11 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 11 SECONDS. RAIN.
TONIGHT...SW WIND 25 TO 35 KT...EASING AFTER MIDNIGHT. COMBINED SEAS BUILDING TO 15 TO 18 FT AT 12 SECONDS. RAIN.

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