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Underwater research into deep-sea tsunamis and ocean life off Vancouver Island got a big funding boost Wednesday, in a move researchers say provides financial stability for at least another five years. The provincial and federal governments announced $41.7 million for the University of Victoria’s not-for-profit Ocean Networks Canada Observatory. The observatory includes the underwater NEPTUNE and VENUS laboratories, which gather data from the ocean floor off Vancouver Island and send real-time information to scientists around the world. UVic's deep-sea projects get $41.7M boost in government funds
The Jefferson County commissioners have approved management plans to decrease traffic and accommodate shellfish harvesting in Mystery Bay and South Port Townsend Bay. The two plans, both approved Monday, control boat moorings and accommodate people harvesting shellfish for both commercial and personal ventures. Charlie Bermant reports. Management plans approved for Mystery, South Port Townsend bays
The decision of whether to list the Mazama pocket gopher on the endangered species list has been delayed by 60 days as requested of the state and Gov. Chris Gregoire, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Lacey. "The state is still collecting information and wanted a little more time to process the information," said Joanne Stellini, USFWS biologist. A decision has been made for the streaked horned lark and the Taylor's checkerspot butterfly, but will not be verified and announced until it is published with the federal registry, according to Stellini. Decision on Pocket gopher's endangered species status delayed
British Columbia’s first major liquefied natural gas export terminal is facing a significant new challenge after a rival U.S. exporter signed a deal undercutting the hoped-for price for selling gas into Asian markets. David Calvert, an Apache Corp. vice-president and manager of the Kitimat LNG terminal said U.S.-based Cheniere Energy Inc. set a dangerous precedent by agreeing to sell gas from its proposed Louisiana export terminal based on heavily discounted North American gas prices. U.S. low-price gas deal shifts landscape for LNG
Fish, drinking water, sewage dilution and jobs in the Cowichan Valley are at risk if substantial rain does not fall by Oct. 27, say worried stewardship groups and politicians watching shrinking flows in the Cowichan River. The drought has already taken its toll on the Cowichan River and it is probably too late to save most of this year's returning chinook, said Gerald Thom, chairman of Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society. "I am not being alarmist. If we don't get rain in the next three weeks, the Cowichan could run dry." Drought threatens Cowichan Valley drinking water, jobs, salmon, sewage treatment
Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT THU OCT 4 2012
E WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. NW SWELL 3 FT AT 7 SECONDS.
E WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 2 FT. NW SWELL 3 FT AT 6 SECONDS.
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