Tuesday, August 1, 2017

8/1 WA-BC Strait swim, Samish Is ship mooring, Navy electronic war training, 'full' BC Ferries

California mussels [Sharon Mollerus]
California Mussel Mytilus californianus
The California mussel is a large edible mussel native to the west coast of North America, occurring from northern Mexico to the Aleutian Islands. California mussels are found clustered together, often in very large aggregations, on rocks in the upper intertidal zone on the open coast, where they are exposed to the strong action of the surf. (Wikipedia)

Victoria women swim Strait from Dungeness Spit to Victoria
Two Victoria women became the 12th and 13th people known to swim across the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Monday. Only seven weeks after leg surgery, Jill Yoneda of Victoria swam the 18.5 miles from Dungeness Spit to Victoria’s Clover Point on Monday, becoming the 12th person known to have completed the swim. “I’m still kind of in shock that I made it,” Yoneda, who made the swim in a wetsuit, said after getting out of the water at about 5 p.m. Monday. “I didn’t think I was going to make it.” Jesse Major reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Samish Island residents voice concerns about ships
A Coast Guard proposal to establish official sites for marine traffic to anchor in area waters has drawn the attention of dozens of Samish Island residents. The Coast Guard is taking public comment on the proposal through Aug. 9. Of 67 comments received as of Monday, the majority came from Samish Island residents. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)

Forest Service approves special-use permit for Navy electronic warfare training
The U.S. Forest Service signed a special-use permit Monday allowing the Navy to begin the much-debated electronic-warfare training with mobile-emitter trucks in Olympic National Forest, the agency announced. The permit will be sent by the end of today to Navy officials for their approval, Forest Service spokesman Stephen Baker said. Navy spokesman Mike Welding said Monday one transmitter truck has been built. He did not know the status of the other two trucks or when Navy officials would sign off on the permit. Once the Navy signs off on the permit, training exercises linking Naval Air Station Whidbey Island radar-jamming EA-6B Prowler jets with camper-sized vehicles emitting electromagnetic signals can begin, Baker said. Paul Gottlieb reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

B.C. Ferries turmoil: When ‘full’ actually means half-empty
B.C. Ferries is in turmoil on its Southern Gulf Island routes. And travellers are paying the price in extra costs and hassles. The situation could grow more tense as this August long weekend approaches. The latest: B.C. Ferries is telling would-be customers that certain ferry runs between the Gulf Islands and Vancouver can’t be reserved for cars, since, ostensibly, they’re full. But some of those same ferry runs are cruising almost half empty, as we discovered Sunday night. Is ‘chaos’ too strong a word for this situation, in the peak of summer travel, from a semi-privatized corporation, which has been getting hammered for its suspect service? Douglas Todd reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Now, your tug weather--
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  822 AM PDT Tue Aug 1 2017  
TODAY
 E wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less. W swell 4 ft  at 7 seconds.
TONIGHT
 W wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 4  ft at 7 seconds.

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