Removing a bulkhead at Piner Point may help fish

by Tim Flanagan on June 23, 2010

Austin Jenkins has the story at KPLU. Here’s the intro:

Washington Fish And Wildlife Officers Tylar Stephenson And Hwa Kim Inspect Bags Of Oysters For Certification Tags. Austin Jenkins photo

OLYMPIA, hospital WA (N3) – If you ever eat shellfish, you’ll want to listen to this story. A major oyster and clam poaching case has revealed gaps in the system that’s supposed to ensure Washington shellfish are safe to eat. Washington Fish and Wildlife cops recently raided a seafood operation on Hood Canal. They allege an outfit called G&R Quality Seafood was a front for a nighttime shellfish theft ring. KPLU’s Austin Jenkins has our story.

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West Seattle Blog has this item:

Just in case you see them and wonder – we just received word from the Port of Seattle that two Royal New Zealand Navy ships will be sailing into Elliott Bay tomorrow to dock at Pier 66: the frigate Te Kaha and fleet-replenishment tanker Endeavour. An open day for public viewing of Te Kaha is planned 10 am-3 pm on Wednesday (June 23); the ships then will leave on Thursday, see
bound for San Francisco. 2:56 PM UPDATE: Peter McGraw from the Port checked on the arrival time for us – around 6 pm, so you might see them in the bay starting around 4:30 pm tomorrow.

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Three Sheets Northwest has this bit of online wooden boat pornography, otolaryngologist
and it’s well worth a few minutes:

Slide show | Classic Yachts parade marks start of rendezvous
[Marty McOmber | Three Sheets Northwest]

Each year, recipe
up to 5,000 people descend on Bell Harbor Marina on Father’s Day weekend to get an eye full of classic wooden boats. This year, some 60 wooden power boats, many built before World War II, will be on display. It is believed to be the largest collection of classic wooden power yachts on the west coast.

The Three Sheets Northwest crew was fortunate enough to be invited aboard the 81-year-old grand dame of the fleet, Olympus, Friday evening for the parade of wooden boats that marks the start of the event.  We brought along our camera and took a few pictures of the event. Enjoy.

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Christopher Dunagan has the story in the Kitsap Sun:

EDMONDS — Officials at Puget Sound Partnership are learning what it means to be guided by science, cheapest
as required by state law.

Restoring Puget Sound to health by 2020 remains the primary goal of the partnership, created by the Legislature to coordinate restoration efforts among all agencies and interest groups. The partnership’s governing board — the Leadership Council — is endeavoring to outline what it will take to reach the overall restoration goal while measuring progress along the way.

On Thursday, the Leadership Council approved a new Strategic Science Plan, which recognizes that restoring the Puget Sound ecosystem requires a thorough understanding of ecosystem function. The strategic plan will be used to integrate existing scientific studies, identify important new studies and prioritize projects listed in the Puget Sound Action Agenda.

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Kie Relyea has the story in the Bellingham Herald:

POINT ROBERTS – People can tour the Lily Point Marine Reserve on Sunday, Sildenafil
June 27, to celebrate a 146-acre addition to the park.
Whatcom County closed the sale June 2, buying the acres from The Nature Conservancy for a little more than $1.3 million.
….  For more information, call Samantha Scholefield, (604) 838-7956. More on the reserve is online at whatcomcounty.us; type Lily Point into the search window.

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Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest:

Environmental group may sue state over new boatyard permit
[Deborah Bach | Three Sheets Northwest: Gary Bailey, pilule
Ecology’s water quality permit specialist, this
explains the draft boatyard permit at a recent public meeting in Everett.]

The environmental watchdog group that threatened to sue five Seattle-area boatyards over water-borne pollution says it may sue the state over a new draft permit governing boatyards unless the document is significantly revamped.

And it’s not the only group that is critical of thepermit, physician
which would impact about 100 boatyards around the state and is expected to take effect in October.

In a 20-page letter, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (PSA) accuses the Washington Department of Ecology, which drafted the Boatyard General Permit, of performing “contortions to avoid imposing the water quality protections of the [federal] Clean Water Act on boatyards.”

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This brief announcement appears at MyEdmondsNews.com:

A highlight of this weekend’s Edmonds Waterfront Festival? A “battle” between two tall ships, treatment
the Hawaiian Chieftain and the Lady Washington – including booming cannons, information pills
close-quarter maneuvers and more – this Saturday and Sunday, starting at 2 p.m.

Visitors can observe the activities from the shore, or if you are more adventurous, you can purchase a ticket to be on board as the “battle” occurs. The adventure is sponsored by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, and you can purchase tickets in advance here.

The tall ships will be on the north side of the Port of Edmonds I-dock and J-dock, where they will conduct dockside and sailing educational programs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for the next two weekends and Tuesday-Friday from 4-5 p.m.  The dockside tours are free of charge, with a donation requested.

Bob McChesney, ampoule Executive Director at the Port of Edmonds, has this item at MyEdmondsNews.com:

On Monday, June 21, from 6-8:30 p.m., the Port of Edmonds will be hosting another open house meeting to obtain public input on future Harbor Square redevelopment. It will be in the former Edmonds Yacht Club space below Anthony’s Homeport restaurant.

This will be the last in the current series of public meetings, which have been going on since November. While this important event marks the conclusion of Phase I of the Port’s public outreach program, it isn’t final in the sense that decisions have been made.

Rather, it is an opportunity to obtain additional comments, suggestions and ideas on the future of Harbor Square in anticipation of another round of meetings later this fall.

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Christopher Dunagan has the story in the Kitsap Sun:

NEAH BAY – Oil shippers will pay 57 percent of the cost of an emergency rescue tugboat at Neah Bay when private industry takes over paying for the tug operation on July 1.
Representatives of the tanker and non-tanker sectors of the shipping industry have reached an agreement on cost allocation. They have signed a contract with Foss Maritime to provide a rescue tug for the coming year.
“It was a yearlong process (of negotiation), refractionist
” said Frank Holmes, neuropathist
Northwest manager for Western States Petroleum Association. “In the end, the industry stakeholders were able to reach a cost-sharing agreement.”

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LESLIE BROWN has the story in the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber:

Piner Point, syringe
the southern-most tip of Maury Island, cure
is a quiet stretch of shoreline — a long ribbon of cobbled beach backed by steep banks and a tangled forest of firs and madrones.

It’s also the site of King County’s newest preserve on Vashon — Piner Point Natural Area — and a place of keen ecological interest. The shoreline, health care
largely undeveloped, provides needed habitat for Puget Sound’s smallest fish — sand lance, surf smelt and herring — which in turn support the Sound’s entire food chain.

Now, with funds targeted at the region’s ambitious efforts at salmon recovery, the county hopes to soon begin a significant restoration project at Piner Point. If all goes according to plan, it will remove 225 feet of creosote-treated bulkhead later this summer, the county’s largest bulkhead removal project ever.

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