Monday, September 25, 2017

9/25 King-of-the-salmon, net pens, Ross Dixon, monarch butterflies, imidacloprid, fishers, cleanup, EPA Pruitt

King-of-the-salmon [Ben Baker/CBC]
'Very rare' King-of-the-Salmon fish found on Vancouver Island beach
Ben Clinton Baker walks his dog along the Oak Bay shorelines fairly regularly. On Thursday, he was on Rattenbury Beach when he found something that's anything but regular: a thin, shimmering fish covered in purple scales and fringed with a red dorsal fin. (CBC) See: King-of-the-Salmon  King-of-the-salmon, Trachipterus altivelis, is a species of ribbonfish in the family Trachipteridae. Its common name comes from the legends of the Makah people west of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which hold that this fish leads the salmon annually to their spawning grounds. Catching or eating king-of-the-salmon was forbidden, as it was feared killing one would stop the salmon run… The king-of-the-salmon is found in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Chile. It is usually found in the open ocean to a depth of 900 meters (3,000 feet), though adults sometimes feed on the sea bottom. (Wikipedia)

Puget Sound Partnership may confront net pen controversy
Puget Sound Partnership may take a stand on whether fish farms should be allowed to remain in Puget Sound waters. The partnership is charged by the Legislature to oversee the restoration of the Puget Sound ecosystem. Chris Dunagan reports. (Watching Our Water Ways) See also: ‘Just gross’: Seattle chefs tell the governor what they think about fish farms in Washington waters  Bethany Jean Clement reports. (Seattle Times)

Return to the Salish Sea: Spill Map Program Manager Ross Dixon
The prospect of a major oil spill is something that has many people concerned about the future of the Salish Sea, especially now that the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion has been approved by Canada. The line terminates just north of Vancouver, British Columbia. And official documents indicate that its expansion could bring as much as seven times more tanker traffic through the sea. There’s a correlating risk of oil spills that could hit hard in Puget Sound. To show where the oil might flow, two nonprofits in Canada created something called the Salish Sea Spill Map project. One of them is the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KNKX)

Monarch butterflies might vanish from Northwest summers
“Western monarchs probably won’t be around as we know them in another 35 years,” said Cheryl Schultz, an associate professor at Washington State University, Vancouver, and lead author of a new study. Annette Cary reports. (Tri-City Herald)

Public comment sought on oyster growers' new plan to spray beds with pesticide
A 2015 proposal to spray some Washington oyster beds with imidacloprid, a neurotoxic pesticide, was withdrawn after a deluge of opposition from local chefs and the public. Now a new plan is in the works. Bethany Jean Clement reports. (Seattle Times)

Nisqually tribe’s salmon giveaway starts Tuesday
The Nisqually Indian Tribe’s annual chinook giveaway starts next week and is open to the public. The tribe’s Clear Creek Hatchery releases millions of chinook smolts, or young salmon, each year. They return as adults in the fall a few years later to die. Before they do, the eggs and sperm are harvested and then the fish are given away. Abby Spegman reports. (Olympian)

Plan to bring fishers to North Cascades delayed
A plan to restore fishers, a mammal related to otters and wolverines, to the North Cascades has been delayed. Federal, state and nonprofit agencies have been working to restore fishers throughout the Cascade Mountains, and planned to bring some from British Columbia to the North Cascades this month. That plan has been delayed because of wildfires in British Columbia this summer, according to a state Department of Fish & Wildlife news release. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)

World Rivers Day: how a B.C. river cleanup spawned an international movement
For Mark Angelo, a riverside clean-up is the best way to give back to a fruitful waterway. The avid fisherman, paddler and conservationist has long been a steward of B.C.'s rivers…. In 1980, Angelo and a group of like-minded friends secured funding from the provincial government for their planned 'B.C. Rivers Day.' There was only one single event to mark the inaugural celebration: a riverside clean-up of the Thompson River. He says it was the start of a global movement. CBC) See also: Marine debris clean-up efforts in jeopardy as funding runs out  Months of debris cleanup on the west coast of Vancouver Island could be washed away (CBC)

EPA chief Pruitt met with many corporate execs. Then he made decisions in their favor.
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has met regularly with corporate executives from the automobile, mining and fossil fuel industries — in several instances shortly before making decisions favorable to those interest groups, according to a copy of his schedule obtained by The Washington Post. Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin report. (Washington Post)

Now, your tug weather--
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  246 AM PDT Mon Sep 25 2017  
TODAY
 SE wind to 10 kt becoming E in the afternoon. Wind waves  1 ft or less. W swell 4 ft at 10 seconds. Rain likely.
TONIGHT
 SE wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less. W swell  6 ft at 10 seconds. A chance of rain in the evening then a slight  chance of rain after midnight.

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