From the monthly archives:

September 2009

Crowd says no go to proposed orca rules

by Deborah Bach on September 30, 2009

Fishers, whale watch operators, recreational boaters and conservationists turned out in force Wednesday night to oppose a federal plan to protect killer whales by closing off 6.2 square miles of water off San Juan Island each year.
A standing room-only crowd of more than 200 packed a room at the Seattle Aquarium to discuss a proposal [...]

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[This is a bit further afield than we normally cover here at Puget Sound Maritime, but the video is pretty dang cool! —Tim] ASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a crewmember from a U.S. Navy submarine off the coast of Washington state Tuesday. The Navy contacted the Coast Guard at 5:50 p.m. to […]

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Two Shipyards Compete for Kingston Ferry Contract

by Tim Flanagan on September 30, 2009

Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun: KINGSTON — Two Puget Sound shipyards are vying to build a passenger-only ferry for the Port of Kingston. Representatives from All American Marine of Bellingham and Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle attended a mandatory pre-proposal conference Tuesday morning at the port’s office. The port requested bids […]

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The Samoa Tsunami and Washington State

by Tim Flanagan on September 30, 2009

From Ear to the Ground: Figure 1. NOAA tsunami propagation map An 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck 125 miles south of Samoa and American Samoa on Tuesday, September 29, at 10:48:11 am.  The earthquake probably occurred as a normal fault rupture, resulting in multiple tsunami waves, four of them about 15 to 20 feet high (Fig. […]

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It’s fall, and the fishing is easy

by Deborah Bach on September 30, 2009

Summer might be over, but the fishing definitely isn’t.
Anglers are flocking to the upper Columbia River and its tributaries to catch hatchery-reared steelhead, and will soon be able to fish for blackmouth, chum and sturgeon in various areas. And five ocean beaches are tentatively scheduled to open in mid-October for the first razor-clam dig of the [...]

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Coast Guard Cutter Healy returning to Seattle

by Tim Flanagan on September 30, 2009

SEATTLE – The nation’s largest ice breaker, Coast Guard Cutter Healy, is scheduled to return to Seattle Thursday, after completing its Arctic West Summer 2009 (AWS09) mission.  For the past three months, Healy has been underway in the Arctic Ocean.  The AWS09 mission included studying Arctic Ocean hydrography, in addition to continuing work on the […]

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Alaska Ranger Update

by CaptRR on September 30, 2009

KOMO News is reporting:
The National Transportation Safety Board said the 35-year-old boat did not have internal controls that would have prevented flooding in the so-called rudder room from spreading into other areas of the 189-foot vessel. In a report, the board said uncontrolled flooding was the probable cause of the tragedy, but conceded that much [...]

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Laundry waste water harming Puget Sound, study says

by Tim Flanagan on September 30, 2009

Rob Carson has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: Dirty water from residential washing machines is a significant source of a toxin polluting Puget Sound, according to a study released Tuesday. Dust that sloughs off hundreds of every day household products – including cosmetics, vinyl flooring, shower curtains and furniture – accumulates on people’s […]

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Puget Sound whales may get big buffer zone
United Press International
Kathy Fletcher, executive director of People for Puget Sound, says the proposed rules are too tough on whale-watchers and not hard enough on fishermen,
Feds may expand restrictions to keep humans from whalesScripps News



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Rivers open for hatchery steelhead fishing

by Deborah Bach on September 30, 2009

Hatchery steelhead fisheries are now open on the upper Columbia, Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, Methow and Okanogan rivers.
In addition, the Similkameen River will open to hatchery steelhead fishing Nov. 1.
The daily limit for anglers on all the rivers is four adipose fin-clipped hatchery steelhead measuring at least 20 inches in length. Steelhead with an intact adipose fin [...]

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Construction was recently completed on a new wheelchair-accessible fishing site at Hoodsport Hatchery, on the southern end of Hood Canal.
The site, engineered and developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, includes a ramp, grated walkways and a new fishing platform with a gate, fencing, handrails and fishing slots.
Only people with disabilities who permanently [...]

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Danny Westneat: These are the worst of times?

by Tim Flanagan on September 30, 2009

This column by Seattle Times staff columnist Danny Westneat contains no maritime content. But I found it so compelling that I wanted to share it with my Puget Sound Maritime friends. THANK YOU, Mr. Westneat, for expressing this so well: It’s unfathomable, radical, outrageous. Catastrophic, devastating, unprecedented. It’s the end of (fill in blank) as […]

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Report identifies pollution route from household to Sound

by Christopher Dunagan on September 29, 2009

Certain plastic compounds, commonly found in household products, break down over time, releasing chemicals that wind up in house dust, according to a new study conducted for the Washington Toxics Coalition and People for Puget Sound.
The study examined one class of chemicals, called phthalates, which are believed to cause reproductive problems — though at higher [...]

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Mayday at Cattle Pass

by Captain Richard Rodriguez on September 29, 2009

Gnarly afternoon.  You may be able to spot the transient Orca in the distance.
Passengers prepared to abandon if necessary

Three pumps at work

Crack Remedy deck hand Andrew D diagnoses the problem
Naturalist and current Zenith Maritime student
Lauren S. was aboard the other wildlife vessel.
Off loading passengers to another vessel.
This time of year, my primary job is instruction [...]

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Ferry fare changes go into effect Sunday, October 11

by Tim Flanagan on September 29, 2009

SEATTLE – The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division (WSF) reminds customers of two fare changes that will go into effect on Sunday, October 11. On that date, the peak season surcharge ends and a systemwide 2.5 percent fare increase goes into effect. Per state tariff law, WSF implements a 25 percent peak season […]

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Jeff Chew has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT TOWNSEND — Legislation to limit state Department of Health authority to shut down commercial shellfish operations in Mystery Bay off Marrowstone Island based on boat moorage buoy concentrations will be high on Rep. Kevin Van De Wege’s agenda in the coming legislative session. "In […]

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Sailing on a piece of Northwest history

by Deborah Bach on September 29, 2009

It’s rare for me to even consider skipping off work on a weekday.
Running Three Sheets is a very busy full-time job, and there’s invariably something that needs to get done. The level of guilt triggered by playing hooky on a weekday is extreme.
But passing up an opportunity to get out on the water Friday would [...]

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Jeff Chew has the story in the Peninsula Daily News:. The photo is from Todd Pacific Shipyards: The 64-car ferry’s superstructure and hull has been under construction full-wing since April at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in the Whidbey Island community of Freeland, the Everett Shipyard and Jesse Engineering in Tacoma, […]

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Getting There: Why should cars have to wait for boats?

by Tim Flanagan on September 29, 2009

Thanks to BitterEnd for the tip on this story by Scott Gutierrez over at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Question: "Why are drivers throughout the day forced to wait for sailboats passing under the Fremont, Ballard, and other bridges?" asks David Tagliani, sharing a sentiment felt by many drivers who get caught in bridge traffic. "Every time […]

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Visiting naval ship really delivers

by Tim Flanagan on September 29, 2009

The Brashear gets supplies to sailors more efficiently Debra Smith has the story in the Everett Herald: EVERETT — Ice cream used to be a problem for Capt. Michael Grogan. His supply ship had plenty of it to deliver to U.S. naval ships at sea. The problem, he said, was getting it on board aircraft […]

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