Each year, sport fishermen unintentionally kill millions of deep-water fish they don't want or can't keep. These fish die even though they are handled gently and released quickly. The reason: a condition called barotrauma, which divers know as "the bends." The problem occurs in fish that have a swim bladder, an internal balloon that helps them control their buoyancy. When a fish is pulled up, "that balloon rapidly begins to expand as the pressure from the water decreases," says Chris Lowe, a marine scientist at California State, Long Beach. So by the time a deep-water fish reaches the surface, he says, "its eyes could be popped out of its head, its stomach is pushed out of its mouth and it looks absolutely horrific." Jon Hamilton reports. (KPLU)
Janicki invention turns human waste into drinking water, electricity
A local manufacturer has created a machine that its creators believe could change the world. The Omniprocessor, from Peter Janicki and his wife Susan’s new company*, Janicki Bioenergy, turns feces into electricity, clean drinking water and a little bit of ash. Created with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the machine could provide sanitary waste disposal and vital resources in developing countries that lack the sewer infrastructure and treatment plants of developed nations, Janicki said. Mark Stayton reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)
Lummi Nation: Pacific Gateway Terminal would violate our treaty rights
Buoyed by a recent Environmental Impact Statement, the Lummi Nation has released its strongest statement yet on a proposed coal terminal near Bellingham. Floyd McKay reports. (Crosscut)
Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 900 PM PST TUE JAN 6 2015
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 7 FT AT 12 SECONDS. AREAS OF FOG IN THE MORNING.
SE WIND 10 TO 20 KT...RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. SW SWELL 6 FT AT 12 SECONDS. PATCHY
FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT.
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