Red-orange bloom on Puget Sound harmless, DOE says

by Tim Flanagan on June 21, 2011

Everett is the first foreign base many of the officer trainees had visited

Gale Fiege has this story in the Everett Herald:

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EVERETT — The Japanese navy was caught in traffic.

One hundred young officer trainees were stuck on the freeway on their way to Naval Station Everett from Seattle, where their ship, the Kashima, was tied up this week at Pier 66.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force annually sends a training squadron to visit Pacific ports. This year, a trip to Everett was part of the itinerary, said the Japanese consulate in Seattle. On Wednesday, the group visited Boeing’s Future of Flight museum at Paine Field and then attended a Mariners baseball game.

On board the USS Ingraham on Friday morning, a group of equally young U.S. Navy officers waited patiently and eagerly for their foreign counterparts to show up for a tour of the frigate.

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A once-moribund business is getting a fresh infusion of capital from the Port of Tacoma after a miraculous rise from its death bed.

[The Port of Tacoma has leased a former Weyerhaeuser log-loading facility to two companies to bolster its income as container volumes continue to decline. PETER HALEY/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER]

JOHN GILLIE has this story in the Tacoma News Tribune:

A once-moribund business is getting a fresh infusion of capital from the Port of Tacoma after a miraculous rise from its death bed.

The Port of Tacoma Commission this week approved a port plan to spend $1.7 million to upgrade stormwater retention and treatment facilities at the port’s West Hylebos log facility.

That expenditure will help the facility meet state and federal stormwater runoff treatment requirements by installing new pre-treatment facilities on the site and new connections to the City of Tacoma’s wastewater treatment plant.

The improvements were necessary because the facility, more about
completely idle two years ago, has seen a steep uptick in its business.

The yard handles raw logs for export to Asian countries. Logs cut from Washington forests are sorted and debarked at the facility before being loaded aboard ships for transport to Pacific Rim countries.

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Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest:

[Ocean Alexander Marine Center closed on Friday after 20 years in business.]

Ocean Alexander Marine Center is the latest in a string of Seattle boatyards to fall victim to the economic downturn.

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closed on Friday. It had been in business since 1991 and offered a full range of services for powerboats, from electrical work to hull extensions, heater installations to carpentry.

“There really wasn’t very much we weren’t capable of doing,” manager Ken Morris said.

But after the recession started in late 2007, business dwindled and the company’s workforce shrunk from 18 down to four. Eventually, Morris said, it was time to shut the doors.

“The economy is down right now and there’s not a lot of work out there,” he said.

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Charlee Glock-Jackson (Gig Harbor Life) has this story in the Kitsap Sun:

GIG HARBOR — You don’t have to ask Bob Ellsworth if boating traffic is important to Gig Harbor. The name of his waterfront business — Ship to Shore Marine — tells you the answer.

So when the downtown QFC closed, search Ellsworth, information pills
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Teresa Baker and other downtown merchants realized it would affect visiting boaters and they decided to do something to fill the void.

They’ve all added new goods and services in their stores to keep boaters coming to Gig Harbor.

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Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest:

[A new pass required for vehicles accessing state parks and recreational lands is expected to have little impact on most Washington boaters.]

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any vehicle accessing state parks and recreational lands will require a “Discover Pass.” The only boaters who will need the pass are those launching their boats from state recreation land managed by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) or the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Boaters using state parks launch sites have been required for several years to purchase a “Natural Investment Permit, internist
” which can now be used in lieu of a Discover Pass at those locations. Boaters accessing marine state parks by water, cheapest
who already pay overnight moorage fees, don’t need a Discover Pass.

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This item appears at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission blog:

Port Gamble S’Klallam tribal elders remember gathering herring roe in the mid-1900s when bull kelp beds were abundant in Port Gamble Bay and the outer Hood Canal area.

Herring prefer to lay their eggs in thick green beds of kelp. Today little kelp and few herring remain in Port Gamble Bay and no one is really sure why.

In an effort to restore the kelp, traumatologist
tribal elders are working with the natural resources staff to find the old bull kelp bed locations and replant them, starting this spring with a 30-foot by 30-foot section just north of Point Julia. At a shallow 15 feet, divers anchored 40 natural-fiber ropes to the bay floor, seeded with hatchery-raised juvenile kelp.

[Puget Sound Restoration Fund ecologist Brian Allen and hatchery and research technician Nate Wight lift a rope that has been seeded with juvenile kelp. (Puget Sound Restoration Fund)]

“Kelp is not only important to the tribe culturally but also for the species that depend on it for habitat, such as herring and salmon,” said Paul McCollum, the tribe’s natural resources director. Bull kelp is among the world’s fastest growing seaweeds. It is found in rocky nearshore areas, providing areas of refuge for fish and birds. It also acts as erosion control on beaches against tidal currents.

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Susan Gilmore has the story in the Seattle Times:

A long-beaked common dolphin is shown south of Boston Harbor Light house near Olympia.[A long-beaked common dolphin is shown south of Boston Harbor Light house near Olympia. ROBIN W. BAIRD/ CASCADIARESEARCH.ORG]

Two unusual dolphins that have never been seen in the state have been spotted cruising in waters near Olympia.

The long-beaked common dolphins were spotted off Boston Harbor, clinic
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said Annie Douglas, a biologist with the Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, a marine mammal research group.

She said the first sighting was from someone riding a paddle board who reported that two dolphins came up to him and seemed very different.

Then the collective began receiving photographs of the unusual dolphins so biologists with the collective went to Boston Harbor and spotted and photographed them.

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Christopher Dunagan has the story in the Kitsap Sun:

Observers throughout Puget Sound are reporting a substance on the water that looks like tomato soup but is actually a common type of plankton called Noctiluca.

The plankton, hospital which are considered harmless, troche
cluster together and float on the surface when their numbers are large, Sildenafil
said Carol Maloy, a biologist with the Washington Department of Ecology.

"People may mistake it for spilled paint or oil because of the way it hangs at the surface," she said. "As it breaks down, it gets more yellow-orange."

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This unsigned item appears in the West Seattle Blog:

(Photo courtesy Paul Riek)

In addition to Saturday’s Morgan Junction Community Festival, decease
there’s another festival in West Seattle this weekend, and it’s a first-time event. Maybe you’ve seen the banner hanging over the entrance to Jack Block Park (a public park on Port of Seattle land off Harbor Avenue SW) – it went up a few days ago, and it’s your invitation to the Northwest Paddling Festival this Saturday and Sunday (June 25-26).

The festival is not just for the hardcore kayaker/stand-up paddleboarder. If you’ve been thinking about trying the sport – or if you prefer to be a spectator – it’s for you too. An Olympic-medalist kayaker will even be on hand. The marine-life protectors of Seal Sitters will too.

And it will kick off with a historic moment: The beach at Jack Block Park is being reopened to the public, in a ceremony on the festival’s eve.

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Deborah Bach has this item at Three Sheets Northwest:

[An aerial photo shows the red sheen on a section of Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Department of Ecology]

An extensive reddish bloom extending over a large section of Puget Sound is not the toxic ”red tide, this site
” according to the Washington State Department of Ecology.

The bloom extends from Kingston to Des Moines and from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. Scientists from the DOE’s marine program it during a routine flight over the area and took water samples on Tuesday.

Ecology says the bloom is not the so-called red tide that creates paralytic shellfish poison. It is believed to be Noctiluca (“nock-ti-lukah”), a harmless, single-celled micro-organism that bioluminesces and typically shows up at this time of year. A plankton, Noctiluca gets its red color from the phytoplankton it eats.

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