Thursday, February 12, 2015

2/13 Baby orca, plastics, Kinder Morgan & First Nations

J-51 and J-19 (Center for Whale Research)
Another new baby for Puget Sound’s endangered orcas: Welcome, J51! 
The Center for Whale Research reports: "The late December calf, J50, with its J16 family were seen today as well; but, the big news is that J19 and J41 were swimming protectively on either side on another new baby that we estimate is about one week old. This newest addition to J pod is designated J51, and the presumed mother is thirty-six year old J19. Her ten-year old daughter, J41, was also in attendance. The newest baby appears healthy." (West Seattle Blog) 

Plastics dumped in world's oceans estimated at 8M tonnes annually
New research shows for the first time the enormity of the problem posed by the amount of plastic finding its way into the world's oceans. The study, published Thursday in the journal Science, estimates that 4-12 million tonnes of plastic are dumped every year by coastal countries. Margo McDiarmid reports. (CBC)

Trans Mountain project signs 20 First Nation agreements, but opposition remains
While there has been strong First Nations opposition at the Burnaby terminus of Kinder Morgan Canada’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, the company says it has found support from 20 aboriginal communities along the $5.4-billion project’s 1,100-kilometre route. Company president Ian Anderson said it has reached “mutual benefit agreements” with 20 First Nations, seven directly on the pipeline’s path, which include measures for “prosperity-sharing” and confers Aboriginal support for the proposal. Derrick Penner reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 900 PM PST THU FEB 12 2015
FRI
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 8 FT AT 13 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE MORNING...THEN RAIN IN THE
 AFTERNOON.
FRI NIGHT
LIGHT WIND...BECOMING W 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 7 FT AT 12 SECONDS. RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN A
 CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SAT
W WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 7 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
SAT NIGHT
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 6 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
SUN
SE WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 6 FT AT 11 SECONDS.

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