Thursday, June 14, 2018

6/14 Bass, Foss Waterway, bad fish sales, recycling, deeper harbor, NW Forest Plan, losing ice

Largemouth bass [US Army Corps]
Largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides
Largemouth bass is a member of the sunfish family, though larger than those species considered "panfish".  Together with six other species of bass, they make up the group typically known as the black basses.  Other than the largemouth, the only other member of the black basses in Washington is the similar looking smallmouth bass Micropterus dolomieu.... The largemouth bass is the state fish of Alabama. (WDFW)

Paddle race highlights cleanup of Tacoma's Foss Waterway
Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway used to have some of the dirtiest water in America. It was identified as a Superfund site in 1983, signaling a hazard to people and the environment, and placed on a National Priorities List for cleanup. Fast forward to 2018 and paddlers are flocking to Foss Waterway for a sea adventure race.... Cleanup on the Foss Waterway was complete in 2016. Now it's a place people can finally enjoy. Jenna Hanchard reports. (KING)

Fresh seafood from U.S.? Dealer sold fishy tale at Inslee event in Washington state
Caterers in Washington state tweeted a photo of maroon sashimi appetizers served to 700 guests attending Gov. Jay Inslee’s inaugural ball last year. They were told the tuna was from Montauk. But it was an illusion. It was the dead of winter and no yellowfin had been landed in the New York town. An Associated Press investigation traced the supply chain of national distributor Sea To Table to other parts of the world, where fishermen described working under slave-like conditions with little regard for marine life. In a global seafood industry plagued by deceit, conscientious consumers will pay top dollar for what they believe is local, sustainably caught seafood. But even in this fast-growing niche market, companies can hide behind murky dealings, making it difficult to know the story behind any given fish. Martha Mendoza, Robin McDowell and Margie Mason report. (Associated Press)

This Is Why A Lot Of Our Recycling Is Going To Landfills
Over the past year, more than 10,000 tons of Oregon’s recycling have been dumped in landfills because there was nowhere else for them to go. It’s one of the consequences of new restrictions on shipping recyclables to China. Across the Northwest, more and more places are raising recycling fees, reducing and even canceling curbside collection and sending formerly recyclable material to the dump. Last year, the world’s biggest buyer of recyclables announced a tough new set of rules for how clean its recycling imports need to be as part of a policy called National Sword, which aims to reduce pollution. Cassandra Profita reports. (OPB/EarthFix) See also: Jefferson County recycling policy to change after China rejects material  Jennie McMacken reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Deeper harbor would bring world's biggest ships to Seattle
The world's biggest cargo ships, some a quarter-mile long, could be docking regularly near downtown Seattle before long. After four years' study, the Army Corps of Engineers has given the okay to digging deeper shipping channels around Harbor Island at the mouth of the Duwamish River. The dredging down to a depth of 57 feet would allow the world’s longest and deepest cargo ships to carry full loads to and from the Port of Seattle. The biggest container ships can sit more than 50 feet deep in the water. Those ships can come to Seattle today, but only if they're not fully loaded: the East and West Waterways, on either side of Harbor Island at the Port of Seattle, are too shallow for them, with depths ranging from 34 to 51 feet. John Ryan reports. (KUOW)

Report to shape update to Northwest Forest Plan
The U.S. Forest Service released Monday a report that will help with an update to the Northwest Forest Plan, according to a news release. The report reviews and summarizes applicable science that has emerged since the Northwest Forest Plan was adopted in 1994. The Northwest Forest Plan directs management of 17 national forests in California, Oregon and Washington, including the portion of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in eastern Skagit County. The Northwest Forest Plan was created to protect the critical habitat of the northern spotted owl while maintaining a viable forest products industry in the Pacific Northwest, according to the Forest Service. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)

Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years
Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate. Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting. This is pushing up global sea levels by 0.6mm annually - a three-fold increase since 2012 when the last such assessment was undertaken. Scientists report the new numbers in the journal Nature. Governments will need to take account of the information and its accelerating trend as they plan future defences to protect low-lying coastal communities. Jonathan Amos and Victoria Gill report. (BBC)


Now, your tug weather--


West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  227 AM PDT Thu Jun 14 2018   

TODAY  Light wind. Wind waves less than 1 ft. W swell 6 ft at  10 seconds. Showers likely in the morning then a slight chance of  showers in the afternoon. 

TONIGHT  W wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less. W swell 5 ft  at 10 seconds.

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