Tuesday, August 6, 2019

8/6 Hermit crab, salmon & orcas, BC pipe protest, Kitsap streams, Cooke Aqua, global water crisis

Black-eyed hermit crab [Dan Hershmann]
Black-eyed hermit crab Pagurus armatus
The black-eyed hermit inhabits sandy, mud, shell and gravel-bottomed habitats from the intertidal to about 150 m deep. It is found along sheltered shorelines from Unalaska, Alaska to San Diego, California. It is one of the more common hermit crabs in the Pacific Northwest. (Biodiversity of the Central Coast)

Where are the salmon and the orcas? Tribe, scientists grapple with unprecedented disappearance in Washington waters
The tote was loaded and full of water, the cedar boughs cut and stacked on deck. But as Lummi tribal members headed out on their traditional waters to offer a ceremonial feeding of live chinook salmon to the endangered southern-resident killer whales, neither whale nor fish was anywhere to be found. In this historic summer of unthinkables, day after day is passing without the orcas and fish that normally enliven the waters of the inland Salish Sea. Tuesday marks a month since the southern residents were last seen in their usual home waters in and around the San Juan Islands. Usually present nearly every day at this time of year, the orcas have shown up only a handful of times this year, and then, only for brief visits before quickly leaving again for waters of the outer coast. Lynda Makes reports. (Seattle Times)

Peaceful pipeline protesters return to Burnaby Mountain on B.C. Day
Activists spent B.C. Day up on Burnaby Mountain protesting the Kinder Morgan Expansion. Construction on the $7.5-billion project has been given the go-ahead from the National Energy Board and is expected to resume soon. It was halted last year after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled the federal government had not properly consulted with First Nations. However there are still Indigenous leaders, community groups and environmentalists like Elan Gibson with Burnaby Residents Against Kinder Morgan Expansion who aren't giving up on stopping the project. (CBC)

Help coming to make Central Kitsap streams friendlier to fish
The Kitsap Conservation District and the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group will work to remove barriers to fish migration and re-establish natural creek channels and floodplains with two projects in Central Kitsap. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife awarded Kitsap County $2.5 million for two projects: removing a Seabeck Creek culvert under Seabeck Holly Road Northwest and taking out structures preventing passage at Dickerson Creek. Kitsap Conservation District’s Dickerson Creek project requires renovation of nearly 750 feet of creek channels and 2.5 acres of floodplain on four privately owned properties. Isabela Breda reports. (Kitsap Sun)

Still recovering from escaped Atlantic salmon, Cooke Aquaculture now wants to farm steelhead
After nearly a quarter million escaped fish resulted in a ban on Atlantic salmon farming in Washington, Cooke Aquaculture is attempting to transition to native steelhead. Environmental advocates are concerned. Hannah Weinberger reports. (Crosscut)

A Quarter of Humanity Faces Looming Water Crises
Countries that are home to one-fourth of Earth’s population face an increasingly urgent risk: The prospect of running out of water. From India to Iran to Botswana, 17 countries around the world are currently under extremely high water stress, meaning they are using almost all the water they have, according to new World Resources Institute data published Tuesday. Many are arid countries to begin with; some are squandering what water they have. Several are relying too heavily on groundwater, which instead they should be replenishing and saving for times of drought. Somini Sengupta and Weiyi Cai report. (NY Times)


Now, your tug weather--
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  620 AM PDT Tue Aug 6 2019   
TODAY
 NW wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. NW swell 3 ft  at 8 seconds. Patchy drizzle and fog in the morning. 
TONIGHT
 W wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. NW swell 3  ft at 8 seconds.




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