Thursday, January 10, 2019

1/10 Sea sack, pipe protest, Phil Johnson, Kevin Ranker, killing sea lions, sustainable maritime, Vashon Nature Ctr

Sea sack [Race Rocks Taxonomy]
Sea sack Halasaccion glandiforme
Typical descriptions of Halosaccion glandiforme depict the plant as a thin-walled elongated sausage-shaped sac found in the mid-intertidal region of rock dominated shores. The plant is identifiable by its rounded head and short stipe anchored by a small circular holdfast. It ranges in colour from yellow/brown to red/purple. Also, because of the water it contains, applying pressure to the plant produces fine sprays of water emitted from the pores. (Race Rocks Taxonomy)

RCMP, Wet'suwet'en reach tentative deal to let gas company workers through
A tentative agreement has been reached to allow workers for a natural gas pipeline company to access to an area in northern B..C. that had been the focal point of First Nations opposition to a pipeline project in their traditional territory. The hereditary leadership of the Wet'suwet'en Nation spelled out some of the details of the tentative deal in a Facebook livestream on Wednesday from the healing centre of the Unist'ot'en camp. The camp is the site of the remaining blockade preventing Coastal GasLink workers from accessing to the Wet'suwet'en territory, which sits about 300 kilometres west of Prince George, B.C. Under the deal, the RCMP would agree not to enter the healing centre without permission and the Wet'suwet'en would allow workers to access the territory by Thursday 2 p.m. PT. The Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs have a meeting planned Thursday morning with the RCMP and Coastal GasLink to iron out the final details. Chantelle Bellrichard reports. (CBC) See also: LNG aside, clarification of ‘consent’ with First Nations murky  Vaughn Palmer writes. (Vancouver Sun)

Former Jefferson County leader dies: Johnson remembered as politician, environmentalist, poet
Former Jefferson County commission chairman Phil Johnson died Tuesday morning of complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 72. Johnson, a native of Port Townsend, served three terms on the Jefferson County commission.... A longtime champion of the environment, Johnson was a key figure in fighting net pens in the county. Jeannie McMacken reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

State Sen. Ranker steps down from chairmanship during investigation
Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, has stepped down from a planned leadership position in the State Senate, while a Senate-hired lawyer investigates allegations that he sexually harassed an aide nearly a decade ago. Duties of the planned Senate Environment and Tourism Committee, which Ranker was slated to chair, are being folded into two other Senate panels.... Ranker will continue to sit on the now-renamed Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee, and the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Joel Connelly reports. (SeattlePI)

Oregon Starts Killing Sea Lions At Willamette Falls
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has started killing sea lions below Willamette Falls to protect a fragile run of winter steelhead. The state got a federal permit in November to kill up to 93 California sea lions per year below the falls. So far, officials have killed three sea lions using the same traps they used last year to relocate the animals to the coast. A recent study found sea lions were eating so many threatened winter steelhead at Willamette Falls that certain runs were at a high risk of going extinct. One year, they ate about a quarter of a run that was already down to about 500 fish. Cassandra Profita reports. (OPB)

State releases strategy to make maritime sector the nation's most sustainable 
Just over a year ago, Gov. Jay Inslee launched his “Washington Maritime Blue” initiative. It aims to make the state’s seafaring sector the most sustainable in the nation, by boosting innovations and clean technology that help the environment and also grow jobs. The initiative was funded with a $500,000 grant from the federal government. Now, a Maritime Blue advisory council has rolled out the organization’s mission and strategic plan to grow the sector through 2050. Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KNKX)

Islanders watch for salmon, ways to help orcas
More than 40 volunteers and staff of the Vashon Nature Center ended 2018 with the largest count of salmon in island streams and creeks in several years. But more important than the numbers, said director Bianca Perla, is assembling a catalog to help identify salmon species, their spawning tendencies and range, all of which inform continued restoration. “We have 75 creeks on the island that have fish in them, and we’re trying to figure out how many of those are supporting salmon as well as trout,” said Perla. Paul Rowley reports. (Vashon Beachcomber)

Now, your tug weather--
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  900 PM PST Wed Jan 9 2019    
 E wind 5 to 15 kt rising to 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. SW swell 11 ft at 12 seconds subsiding to  9 ft at 11 seconds in the afternoon. Showers in the morning then  showers likely in the afternoon. 
 E wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. SW swell  9 ft at 11 seconds. Showers likely.

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