Tuesday, February 13, 2024

2/13 Angel shark, Boldt 50, rising sea, Oly oyster, renaming birds

Pacific angel shark [Tony Chess/NOAA]

Pacific angel shark Squatina californica
The Pacific angelshark is a species of angelshark, family Squatinidae, found in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Alaska to the Gulf of California, and from Ecuador to Chile, although those in the Gulf of California and southeastern Pacific may in fact be separate species. (Wikipedia)

Today's top story in Salish Current: Cultivating a resilient regional ‘seed to sandwich’ food system

Effects of Boldt decision felt 50 years later
Monday marked 50 years since a federal court decision secured fishing rights for tribes in the state. Under the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott and several other treaties, tribes in the state reserved the right to fish at “usual and accustomed grounds and stations,” often giving up claim to thousands of acres of land in the process. Despite those treaty rights, state enforcement officers harassed, arrested and confiscated the gear of tribal members fishing off reservations. Emma Fletcher-Frazer reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)

How a Northwest tribe is escaping a rising ocean
Where the Quinault River empties into the Pacific, a seawall of massive boulders protects the Quinault Reservation village of Taholah from pounding waves, but it's not always up to the task. John Ryan reports. (KUOW)

The Pacific coast’s native Olympia oyster is making a comeback
The Oly’s numbers plummeted after decades of pollution from the paper industry. Now efforts from Washington to California work to bring it back. Brendan Borrell reports. (Hakai Magazine)

Many birds are named for enslavers, colonizers and white supremacists. That’s about to change
Black birdwatchers on the practice’s racist history, the move to rename North America’s feathered species and other changes needed to make birding inclusive.  Emma McIntosh reports. (The Narwhal)

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Here's your tug weather—
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  247 AM PST Tue Feb 13 2024    
 E wind 5 to 15 kt rising to 15 to 20 kt in the  afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 5 ft at 11 seconds.  
 SE wind 15 to 20 kt becoming 15 to 25 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. W swell 6 ft at 11 seconds.


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