Wednesday, May 2, 2012

5/2 Octopus vs Seagull, San Juan protection, navigation, clean-fuel rule, opening day

Lowland lakes opening day
If you like to watch: Photos of a giant Pacific octopus grabbing a seagull at the Ogden Point breakwater are going viral on the Internet. At breakwater's edge, a giant octopus makes a quick meal of a seagull  

“I understand a Presidential Proclamation to place these lands in conservation status is being considered if Congressional action for designation as a National Conservation Area looks uncertain,” Gregoire said in a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Voicing her “ardent support” to protect key federal holdings in the San Juan Islands, Gov. Chris Gregoire indicates she would support action by President Obama if Congress continues to dawdle. Joel Connelly reports. Gregoire to Obama admin.: Protect San Juans  

The Coast Guard is changing out bulbs in navigational markers in Puget Sound. But these are not ordinary bulbs in navigational marker that boats, ships and ferries use to find their way safely through Puget Sound. Currently a bulky lamp, battery and separate solar panel occupy the platform. The crew is swapping that system out for a self contained, one piece lantern that has tested out to be just as bright, last twice and long and cost half as much as the older style. Gary Chittim reports. Casting a greener light on Puget Sound  

The heavy fuel that oceangoing vessels burn adds so much to air pollution hundreds of miles inland that the United States joined with Canada during President George W. Bush’s administration to ask the International Maritime Organization to create an emissions-control area along the coasts. Large ships would be required to reduce pollution dramatically in a zone 200 miles out to sea along all the coasts of North America, mainly by using cleaner fuel. The cargo-shipping industry supported the stringent emission reductions. The cruise-ship industry, however, wants an emissions-averaging plan that would allow it to burn the same heavy fuel it always has used in some areas, and it’s lobbying Congress for help.  Cruise-ship industry fights cleaner-fuel rule

Good weather and big trout helped to boost catch rates on opening day of this year’s lowland lakes fishing season.  Based on creel checks conducted at 112 lakes around the state, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) estimates that anglers caught an average of 3.99 trout on opening day Saturday, April 28.  Anglers enjoy big trout, nice weather on opening day of lowland lakes season

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 607 AM PDT WED MAY 2 2012
TODAY
SW WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT. W SWELL 7 FT AT 9 SECONDS. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
TONIGHT
LIGHT WIND...BECOMING NW 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 9 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF RAIN.

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