From the monthly archives:

October 2011

Critical decision for the Port of Tacoma

by Tim Flanagan on October 30, 2011

JOHN GILLIE, Tacoma News Tribune: A victory in a critical beauty contest now under way among shipping terminal operators at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma could again make Tacoma the busiest container port in the Puget Sound. If a Port of Tacoma terminal operator wins, as many as 400,000 container units now handled annually [...]

{ 0 comments }

Experts examining killer whales’ salmon diet

by Tim Flanagan on October 30, 2011

Associated Press, CTV News: [A pod of killer whales was spotted in Burrard Inlet on May 11, 2011. The transient whales splashed around near the Lions Gate Bridge before leaving the inlet.] Huge chinook salmon are the most prized catch on the Pacific coast for fishermen on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, but they [...]

{ 0 comments }

Squid jigging has begun, and best months are coming

by Tim Flanagan on October 30, 2011

Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times: [MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES: Squid jigging from the public piers in Puget Sound can be a fun way to catch dinner.] During the fall and winter, a group of nocturnal anglers willing to bear the rain and freezing temperatures will jig around the docks of Puget Sound. We’re not [...]

{ 0 comments }

Ed Friedrich, Kitsap Sun: KINGSTON — Port of Kingston’s SoundRunnerpassenger-only ferry service will begin accepting ORCA regional smart cards on Tuesday. ORCA, which stands for One Regional Card for All, enables customers to use one fare card across many transit agencies throughout Kitsap, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The cards are a common way for [...]

{ 0 comments }

JOHN GILLIE, Tacoma News Tribune: In most scenarios about growing business on the Tacoma Tideflats, the Blair Waterway plays a central role. But is that waterway, which stretches from Commencement Bay nearly to state Route 509 between the Hylebos Waterway and the Puyallup River, big enough to accommodate the huge ships that will bring containers [...]

{ 0 comments }

Enchanting orca video shot last week on Vashon Island

by Tim Flanagan on October 29, 2011

Wow…I’ve never seen them close in to shore like this. Along a beach?

{ 0 comments }

Continually upgrade ability to respond to oil spills

by Tim Flanagan on October 29, 2011

Editorial, THE OLYMPIAN: The single greatest threat to the marine waters of Washington state, especially Puget Sound, is a large-scale oil spill. This month, three small oil spills in Puget Sound and two close calls with cargo ships served as grim reminders that there are catastrophic accidents out there, just waiting to happen. Now is [...]

{ 0 comments }

Deborah Bach, Three Sheets Northwest: The Swinomish Channel is due to be dredged this year, but no federal funding has yet been allocated for the work. Photo by Joe Mabel The Swinomish Channel is expected to silt in and become impassable by 2015 without dredging, but with no government funding yet committed for that work, [...]

{ 0 comments }

Agate Pass’ Coho secret out now

by Tim Flanagan on October 29, 2011

Dave Shorett, Kitsap Sun: [Author Dave Shorett holds the coho salmon he caught near Agate Pass recently.] Late in August, one of my top secret sources, who owed me a favor, called and whispered, "there are some coho in Agate Pass, tell anyone and you’re a dead man." In mid-September, another source showed me a [...]

{ 0 comments }

Mapping a future for tidal energy

by Tim Flanagan on October 29, 2011

DAVE FINDLEY and DICK SYLWESTER, Daily Journal of Commerce: The Snohomish Public Utility District is a Northwest leader in evaluating renewable and green energy resources. These resources generate power using technologies that rely on renewable fuel sources — such as wind, sunlight or plant matter — while having minimal impact on the environment. Wind energy, [...]

{ 0 comments }

The fragile state of Washington’s ferries

by Tim Flanagan on October 26, 2011

C.B. Hall, Crocsscut.com: Earlier this month, mechanical breakdowns on two ferries serving the San Juan Islands reminded local ferry users and Washington State Ferries (WSF) of the fragility of the system that connects the islands with the state’s mainland and the wider world. The San Juans’ service is one of ten WSF-operated routes in the [...]

{ 0 comments }

San Juan Islands’ Oil Safety Darling

by Tim Flanagan on October 26, 2011

ASHLEY AHEARN, KUOW: [You can't spend much time around Julie Knight, director of IOSA (Island Oil Spill Association), without wanting to help out.credit: Ashley Ahearn] LOPEZ ISLAND, Wash. — When I first meet Julie she’s standing on the shore of Fisherman Bay, talking to roughly 30 people from all corners of the San Juans. She’s [...]

{ 0 comments }

In Migael’s Wake | Dockton County Park

by Tim Flanagan on October 26, 2011

Migael Scherer, Three Sheets Northwest: [The launch ramp and anchoring basin west of Dockton County Park marina. Photos by Migael Scherer] The sleepy community of Dockton was once a busy shipyard, with the first dry dock in Puget Sound large enough for sailing schooners. As land travel became easier, and especially after the Navy built [...]

{ 0 comments }

Port Townsend has two applicants to operate foot ferry

by Tim Flanagan on October 26, 2011

Lauren Salcedo, Port Townsend Leader: The Port of Port Townsend has received two formal submissions for the operator position on its proposed Seattle-Port Townsend passenger ferry: Puget Sound Express and Salish Sea Transportation LLC. “They were both very excellent presentations,” said port deputy director Jim Pivarnik. Both interested parties were interviewed on Oct. 25, and [...]

{ 0 comments }

Ed Friedrich, Kitsap Sun: BREMERTON — Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility will swap aircraft carriers in a couple of months, and some groundbreaking work is planned on a third one. The Navy announced Friday that it has prepared a draft environmental assessment on disposing defueled reactor plants from the USS Enterprise. That’s [...]

{ 0 comments }

LARRY PYNN, VANCOUVER SUN: The wintering population of bald eagles has increased 4.5-fold on B.C.’s south coast, to the point that during a cold winter the region plays host to the world’s largest concentration of eagles, estimated at 56,000. A new study being delivered to a Salish Sea conference this week in Vancouver says the [...]

{ 0 comments }

Port of Olympia to be marketed at event in New Orleans

by Tim Flanagan on October 24, 2011

Rolf Boone/The Olympian: Port of Olympia staff will travel to New Orleans next week to pitch the port’s marine terminal at an annual conference called the Breakbulk Americas Transportation Conference & Exhibition. The conference, which will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, is one of the largest in North [...]

{ 0 comments }

Experience Lime Kiln: Orca video by Tamara Kelley

by Tim Flanagan on October 24, 2011

{ 0 comments }

Oil spill boat getting outfitted in Port Angeles

by Tim Flanagan on October 24, 2011

David G. Sellars, Peninsula Daily News: [The NRC Quest at the Port of Port Angeles’ Terminal 1 South. -- Photo by David G. Sellars/for Peninsula Daily News] NRC Quest has been moored to the Port of Port Angeles’ Terminal 1 South since the first week of September. She is the former offshore supply vessel that [...]

{ 0 comments }

Salmon firm to admit breach of bycatch law

by Tim Flanagan on October 24, 2011

JEFF BELL, VICTORIA TIMES COLONIST: Marine Harvest, a large Norwegian-based producer of farmed salmon, intends to plead guilty to a 2009 case of having "incidental bycatch" at two of its facilities near the north end of Vancouver Island in the Broughton Archipelago. Incidental bycatch refers to the unintended capture of marine species, in this instance [...]

{ 0 comments }