Thursday, September 25, 2014

9/25 Obama reserve, JeffCo restoration, BC fish farm, Chlliwack mess, BC tanker, & pipes, Endridge, BC tribes

(Jim Maragos/AP, Washington Post)
Obama to create world’s largest protected marine reserve in Pacific Ocean
President Obama will use his legal authority Thursday to create the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the central Pacific Ocean, demonstrating his increased willingness to advance a conservation agenda without the need for congressional approval. By broadening the existing Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument from almost 87,000 square miles to more than 490,000 square miles, Obama has protected more acres of federal land and sea by executive power than any other president in at least 50 years and makes the area off-limits to commercial fishing. By Juliet Eilperin reports. (Washington Post)

Bridge to replace culverts between Indian, Marrowstone islands
A bridge would be installed to replace road fill and twin culverts on the highway connecting Indian Island and Marrowstone Island, part of a $24.8 million boost to salmon recovery projects in Puget Sound. The "restoring Kilisut Harbor" project is one of four Salmon Recovery Board and Puget Sound Partnership projects set in Jefferson County, according to a press release from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. (Port Townsend Leader) See also: Saltmarsh, shoreline habitat restored along Tarboo Bay  (Port Townsend Leader)

B.C. salmon farmers pledge to meet new global standard
Fewer than one in 20 of the world’s salmon farms have achieved Aquaculture Stewardship Council environmental certification, but B.C.’s salmon aquaculture companies have committed to 100-per-cent certification in this region by 2020. “The members of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association want to achieve the gold standard in certification,” said Jeremy Dunn, executive director of the association. Randy Shore reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Sockeye fishing mess creates need for Chilliwack river cleanups
An extremely busy recreational fishery for sockeye in Chilliwack this summer means lots of extra garbage is littering the riverbanks right now. In response, river stewards in Chilliwack are gearing up for two big cleanups, Sept. 27 on the Fraser River and Sept. 28 on Chilliwack-Vedder River system. The Fraser Valley Salmon Society recognized there has been a larger than normal influx of visitors to the fishing spots, hence the need for a special cleanup. Jennifer Feinberg reports. (Chlliwack Progress)

NDP Bill Would Ban Tankers off BC's North Coast
Banning supertankers from the North Coast of British Columbia is one way to avoid potential conflict or environmental hazards related to the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, says a New Democrat MP from the province. Finance critic Nathan Cullen tabled a private member's bill Tuesday that if passed would not only ban oil tankers from the province's North Coast, but also force a more thorough consultation with communities to be impacted by such projects in the future. Jeremy J. Nuttall reports. (TheTyee) See also: Cross-border Indigenous Treaty Takes on Kinder Morgan Pipeline  David P. Ball reports. (TheTyee)

Recreational boats spills more likely to pollute B.C. waters than tankers
Proposed new oil pipelines have heightened concerns about major spills from increased tanker traffic on the West Coast, but a new study has found that fleets of leaking recreational boats and other small vessels are more likely to foul B.C. waters. Stefania Bertazzon, a University of Calgary researcher, worked with several federal government departments and the University of Victoria in putting together what is thought to be the first study of its kind in the world. Mark Hume reports. (Globe and Mail)

Mayor, port authority say no room for Northern Gateway pipeline in Prince Rupert
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice wants Enbridge Inc. to reroute the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, but the coastal community that is touted as the obvious alternative to locate the marine terminal is no longer rolling out the welcome mat. Prince Rupert’s Mayor Jack Mussallem said residents in his resource-dependent community don’t want to play a role in getting Alberta oil products to Asia. Justine Hunter and Ian Bailey report. (Globe and Mail)

Site C or LNG: pick one, say B.C. First Nations
Several B.C. First Nations are in Ottawa today to offer the federal government an ultimatum — it can have the Site C dam or liquefied-natural-gas development, but not both. Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nation says an 1899 treaty gives his community title to land in the Peace River valley that's crucial to both projects. He says a recent decision from the Supreme Court of Canada has bolstered his First Nations' say on any industrial development on that land. (CBC)

Now, your tug weatrher--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 900 PM PDT WED SEP 24 2014
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THU
SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. SW SWELL 9 FT AT 11 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN SHOWERS
 LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON.
THU NIGHT
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 7 FT AT 10 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY IN THE EVENING...THEN A CHANCE
 OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
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