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2011 June

From the monthly archives:

June 2011

OLYMPIA – The public is invited to review and comment on draft documents prepared by the Port of Everett for a proposed cleanup of the North Marina West End site on Port Gardner Bay in Everett. The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will accept public comments from July 5 to Aug. 5, 2011, on these […]

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Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: [The Center for Wooden Boats' Poulsbo Boat, built in the 1930s, is being officially relaunched this weekend. Photo by Dan Leach] What better place to relaunch a historic wooden boat than a wooden boat festival? The relaunch of a newly restored Poulsbo Boat built in the […]

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Beware! Crab cops will be watching

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2011

Wayne Kruse has the story in the Everett Herald: By now, anyone interested in Dungeness crab is fully aware that the summer recreational season opens Friday in most of Puget Sound and runs through the Labor Day weekend, Thursdays through Mondays. And since they’re also fully aware that the newly-liberalized fishery will be closely monitored […]

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San Diego frigate to be towed to Bremerton for sale

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2011

Gary Robbins has the story in the San Diego Union Tribune: [The 453-foot frigate Jarrett. — US Navy] The recently decommissioned Perry-class frigate Jarrett will be towed to Bremerton, Washington later this week where the 453-foot ship will be put up for sale. The vessel will be scrapped if there are no buyers over the […]

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JEFFREY P. MAYOR has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: All but one area of Puget Sound will open to sport crab fishing Friday. The exception is Marine Area 7, where fishing opens July 15 in the area’s southern portion (San Juan Islands/Bellingham) and Aug. 15 in the northern portion (Gulf of Georgia). Under […]

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BRIAN KELLY has this story in the South Whidbey Record: COUPEVILLE — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is looking at expanding its operations into Oak Harbor. The Freeland boatyard wants to have a larger role in building ferries for Washington state, and is seeking a second location that could result in an additional 100 jobs for […]

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Seattle boat and barge dwellers are worried that proposed changes to the city’s Shoreline Master Program could make them hostage to fee increases by marinas, destroy the value of their investments and maybe even leave them stranded without a place to anchor their homes. Erik Lacitis has the story in the Seattle Times: [COURTNEY BLETHEN […]

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Charlie Bermant has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT TOWNSEND — The passenger-only ferry is a viable option for commuters between Kingston and Seattle and will become more so as local partnerships are established, a business group was told Monday. “Commuting from here to Seattle can take as long as three hours each […]

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Odd visitors in local waters a deep mystery

by Tim Flanagan on June 28, 2011

Craig Welch has the story in the Seattle Times: [OCEAN SUNFISH Found locally: 1997 off Cape Flattery; Natural habitat: Warm and temperate waters. ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES] There was the brown booby, the plunge-diving tropical seabird that inexplicably hopped aboard a crab boat this spring in Willapa Bay. And fishermen have caught spear-snouted […]

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Tale of a whale in Tacoma

by Tim Flanagan on June 28, 2011

Craig Sailor has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: [Rowen Higley, 4, of Tacoma, son of Rus Higley, a marine scientist and teacher at Highline Commuity College, playfully steps over the giant rib bones of a gray whale that his father is preparing for exhibit at the MaST center in Redondo. DEAN J. KOEPFLER/STAFF […]

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Tale of a whale in Tacoma

by Tim Flanagan on June 28, 2011

Craig Sailor has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: [Rowen Higley, 4, of Tacoma, son of Rus Higley, a marine scientist and teacher at Highline Commuity College, playfully steps over the giant rib bones of a gray whale that his father is preparing for exhibit at the MaST center in Redondo. DEAN J. KOEPFLER/STAFF […]

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Tale of a whale in Tacoma

by Tim Flanagan on June 28, 2011

Craig Sailor has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune: [Rowen Higley, 4, of Tacoma, son of Rus Higley, a marine scientist and teacher at Highline Commuity College, playfully steps over the giant rib bones of a gray whale that his father is preparing for exhibit at the MaST center in Redondo. DEAN J. KOEPFLER/STAFF […]

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SEATTLE, Wash. – As part of Fleet Week during this year’s Sea Fair, Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is hosting guest cruises aboard U.S. Navy, Canada Navy and U.S. Coast Guard vessels Aug. 3. The deadline for applications is Thursday, July 7, 2011. Application forms, along with guest cruise policies and procedures can be […]

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New ferry Salish begins service July 1

by Tim Flanagan on June 28, 2011

PORT TOWNSEND – The new 64-car ferry Salish will begin service on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route at noon on Friday, July 1, following a community celebration in Port Townsend on June 30. Two-boat service will continue on the route until Oct. 10. “I know how important it is to the communities to restore full service […]

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The Geeky Swedes at MyBallard have this story: Ballard’s Captain Sig Hansen and his boat, the F/V Northwestern, made famous by the TV show, Deadliest Catch, are now on the big screen. Captain Sig voices “Crabby the Boat” in the new movie, Cars 2. Crabby the Boat in Cars 2, the Disney take on the […]

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Time-lapse ship transit video: Seattle to Kodiak

by Tim Flanagan on June 27, 2011

Thanks to gCaptain for the link. This video was created by YoutTuber “wrenoud” earlier this month. Here’s what wrenoud says about it: Take a 1700 mile time-lapse voyage through the Inside Passage and across the Gulf of Alaska with the NOAA Ship Fairweather. Starting June 2nd from Seattle traveling through British Columbia and SE Alaska. […]

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Such partnerships are all the rage in times of lean budgets, but they can run into roadblocks, as this project illustrates. For one thing, the state is a partner with no money. C.B. Hall has the story at Crosscut: The Washington State Ferries (WSF) terminal in Anacortes leads a life of quiet uncertainty. Since its […]

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Stephanie Klein has the story at MyNorthwest.com: Boaters are being asked to stay away from a whale spotted tangled in crabbing equipment between Gig Harbor and Point Defiance on Thursday. Annie Douglas, biologist with the Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, says the whale’s current condition is unknown, but they’re keeping an eye out. "We’ve got […]

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Plenty of pyrotechnics shows for the Fourth

by Tim Flanagan on June 27, 2011

Marty McOmber has this round-up at Three Sheets Northwest: [Fireworks light up the sky over Lake Union in Seattle. Photo by Christopher Nelson] Many Northwest boaters consider July 5th the real start of summer, but that’s not going to stop hordes of them from putting on the fleece and heading out for some July 4th […]

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Mark Yuasa has the story in his Reel Time Fishing Northwest blog at the Seattle Times: There used to be a time when bull kelp beds and schools of herring thrived in Port Gamble Bay and outer Hood Canal area. Today they have all but disappeared, and now the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribal elders are […]

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