Tuesday, March 8, 2016

3/8 BC LNG, tsunami fish, snowpack, WA budget, Taylor Shellfish

Waterfront worker (Laurie MacBride)
If you like to watch: Making a Living on the Waterfront
Laurie MacBride in Eye on Environment writes: "Almost everywhere we went last summer on our boating holiday in the Gulf Islands, raccoons were hard at work. We watched them paw through the kelp at low tide, crunching on shore crabs and other tasty treats. If you look closely, you can see a bit of shell hanging from his/her mouth in the photo…."

Malaysia’s Petronas threatening to abandon B.C. LNG project over new climate change rules
Malaysia’s Petronas is frustrated that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s climate-change priorities are introducing new uncertainty for its proposed $36 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project in northern British Columbia and has threatened to walk away if it doesn’t get federal approval by March 31, according to a source close to the project. Claudia Cattaneo reports. (Financial Post) See also: Pacific NorthWest LNG could boost B.C.’s treasury, study says  Brent Jang reports. (Globe and Mail)

Tsunami Fish Castaways Go On Display At Oregon Coast
March 11 marks the fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Visitors to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon, can now feast their eyes on a living legacy of that quake and tsunami. Aquarium staff rescued more than a dozen jacks and one beakfish from the hull of a derelict boat last April. The half-sunk wreck of a commercial fishing tender appeared to have drifted across the Pacific after 2011’s big earthquake and tsunami in Japan—and carried the live fish with it. Tom Banse reports. (Northwest News Network)

Region's snowpack in better shape than last year
At the start of March, the region’s snowpack was in much better shape than last spring, when officials determined the state was in for a drought. The Skagit River basin was at 93 percent of normal snowpack March 1, compared to 63 percent at the same time last year, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)

Gov. Jay Inslee to lawmakers: Finish budget or kiss bills goodbye
Three days before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said lawmakers aren’t making enough progress toward a budget deal, and he warned he will start vetoing bills if they don’t move faster. Speaking to reporters at a press conference Monday, Inslee said he will block legislation approved by the Legislature if an agreement on a 2016 supplemental budget isn’t reached soon. He called the veto threat “a deadline I think could be useful (for lawmakers) to focus their attentions on their job.” Melissa Santos reports.(Tacoma News Tribune)

Taylor Shellfish is first US farmer to get ASC
Taylor Shellfish Farms has become the first US grower to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the ASC announced. The Shelton, Washington-based company received ASC bivalve certification for its operation in the South Puget Sound basin, which comprises the Hood Canal and the area south of the Tacoma Narrows, including Olympia and Shelton. The certification was achieved after an on-site assessment by independent auditors SCS Global Services. Chris Ninnes, ASC’s CEO, announced the company’s certification on March 7, during the Boston seafood show. (Undercurrent News)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-  254 AM PST TUE MAR 8 2016  

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
 GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY  AFTERNOON  

TODAY
 SE WIND 10 TO 20 KT...RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT IN THE  AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT...BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT IN THE  AFTERNOON. W SWELL 11 FT AT 12 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 9 FT AT 12  SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON. A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE MORNING...THEN  RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT
 SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT...EASING TO 5 TO 15 KT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT...SUBSIDING TO 2 FT OR LESS AFTER  MIDNIGHT. W SWELL 10 FT AT 11 SECONDS. RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN A  CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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