From the monthly archives:

May 2011

Pollution lower, risks remain for marine life

by Tim Flanagan on May 29, 2011

Seattle Times environment reporter Craig Welch has this story: It can happen almost immediately. Copper dust from car brakes gets flushed into a stream by storms. Inside half an hour, the ability of nearby baby salmon to interpret smells can get thrown out of whack. When a predator approaches, the fish don’t flee, increasing the […]

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KOMO News has this story: A Port of Seattle police boat maneuvers in to rescue a man in the water off the Seattle waterfront. SEATTLE – A 64-year-old man was rescued by Port of Seattle police Saturday morning after he ran and jumped into Elliott Bay off the Seattle waterfront. Officers said the man was […]

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UW’s mini-submarine recovered

by Tim Flanagan on May 28, 2011

Shomari Stone has this story at KOMO News: MANCHESTER, Wash. — Terry Daniels never thought what he calls "a pink torpedo" would wash ashore in front of his house. "I was super-shocked," he said. "I see that thing down there. I’m going to get right down there and see what that is." The "pink torpedo" […]

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PSA gets ready for local derby

by Tim Flanagan on May 28, 2011

This unsigned article appears in THE BELLINGHAM HERALD: Preparations are under way for the 2011 Bellingham Salmon Derby that is scheduled for July 8-10 in the waters of Marine 7. Puget Sound Anglers Bellingham Chapter derby chairman Roy Lentz said club members have begun lining up prize donations and contributions with a goal of surpassing […]

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Chris Henry has the story in the Kitsap Sun: MANCHESTER — Port of Manchester commissioners are zeroing in on a company to replace the town’s deteriorating south dock, but no final decision came out of a study session Monday with members of the Port Advisory Committee and the public. At the meeting, Commissioner Jim Strode […]

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This unsigned story appears in the Islands Sounder: In May the National Park Service notified the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network of a dead porpoise stranded on a pocket beach at American Camp. It turned out to be a female hybrid porpoise in excellent condition and carrying a third-trimester fetus. “This was an […]

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Memorial Day weekend boating safety tips

by Tim Flanagan on May 27, 2011

SEATTLE – As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, the Thirteenth Coast Guard District would like to emphasize boating safety and remind Pacific Northwest boaters to make safety a priority to ensure they remain out of danger this summer while boating. The Coast Guard will always reinforce boating safety with the following initiatives: Wear […]

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Mark Yuasa has this story in his fishing blog at the Seattle Times: Geoff Meredith of Puyallup had family visiting from Virginia, and managed to show them what a true "Barn Door" halibut looks like by landing a 178 pound halibut last Friday off Green Point in 85 feet of water. The weight was verified […]

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For armchair racers, Swiftsure just a click away

by Tim Flanagan on May 27, 2011

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Amazing Grace sails in a recent Swiftsure race.] Even if you can’t participate in the Swiftsure International Yacht Race this weekend, you can follow the action live online. For the first time, all boats racing in Swiftsure’s three long courses are equipped with GPS trackers that […]

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JOHN GILLIE has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: The Port of Tacoma and a Japanese shipping line have reached agreement on the costs involved with the port’s canceled plan to build a massive shipping terminal for the company on the port’s Blair Waterway. Port of Tacoma commissioners at Thursday’s noon commission meeting approved […]

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Beach at Jack Block Park will open to the public for the first time Patrick Robinson has the story in the West Seattle Herald: The Northwest Paddling Festival (NWPF), the brainchild of Alki Kayak and Mountain to Sound Outfitters owner Greg Whittaker is taking shape as a major event set to happen at Jack Block […]

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SEATTLE – A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel, the Jefferson County (Wash.) Sheriff and a Good Samaritan searched for a possible person in the water on the west side of Hood Canal in Dabob Bay, Thursday at approximately 2 p.m. The Good Samaritan discovered an […]

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SEATTLE – The Coast Guard has published the Final Rule establishing a safety zone at Pier 66, Elliott Bay, Wash. (76 FR 100). The Final Rule is the last action to establish a permanent safety zone extending 100 yards from Pier 66, Elliott Bay, Wash., to ensure adequate safety during the parade of ships and […]

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SEATTLE — The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of San Juan Islands, Rosario Strait, and Grays Harbor. The Coast Guard uses WAMS to validate the adequacy of the existing aids to navigation (ATON) system, as well as to get a better understanding of the uses of each waterway […]

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This unsigned story appears in the Kitsap Sun: PORT ORCHARD — The passenger-only ferry Admiral Pete will be running between Bremerton and Port Orchard on Sunday and Monday. Kitsap Transit suspended Sunday and holiday service in 2009 because of budget constraints, but the Port of Bremerton and cities of Bremerton and Port Orchard contracted with […]

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Charts, tides and currents just a click away

by Tim Flanagan on May 26, 2011

The Kitsap Sun’s Christopher Dunagan alerts us to this useful bit of technology in his Watching Our Water Ways blog: When I need a nautical chart for the Puget Sound area, I’ve begun to click on a website called DeepZoom, a site that takes you into an animated wonderland of tides and currents. Software developer […]

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Seaview awarded for environmental practices

by Tim Flanagan on May 26, 2011

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Seaview Boatyards owner Phil Riise with his award from the Association of Washington Business. John Papajani photo] Seaview Boatyards was among 12 companies recently honored by the Association of Washington Business (AWB) for their environmental practices. Seaview received the association’s Environmental Excellence Award for Leading Environmental […]

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[KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES] With the Olympic Mountains in the background, a California Sea Lion, at left in foreground, tries to join the others who soak up the sun on a moorage buoy near Shilshole Bay Marina, on Puget Sound, but the sea lion was rebuffed each time with loud barks from those […]

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Ferry Kennewick to be christened Friday

by Tim Flanagan on May 26, 2011

This unsigned item appears in the Port Townsend Leader: The third and final new Kwa-di Tabil Class (64-car) ferry is to be christened Friday, May 27 at Vigor Shipyards (formerly Todd Pacific Shipyards) on Harbor Island in Seattle. The Kennewick is 75 percent complete and soon is being moved to Everett Shipyard for outfitting and […]

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Historic ocean tug pulls into Harborfest

by Tim Flanagan on May 25, 2011

Rachel Pritchett has the story in the Kitsap Sun: PORT ORCHARD — If there were ever any rivalry between the cities of Bremerton and Port Orchard, it has been put aside. Volunteers from both are working together to make the Kitsap Harbor Festival a success. The event takes place Saturday, Sunday and Monday on both […]

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