Mysterious booms continue to shake houses in west Port Angeles, Joyce while defying explanation – PDN

The only thing mysterious about these booms, is that the Navy isn’t forthcoming with why they are continuing to allow their pilots to fly supersonic when they claim they never do. This is not a “mystery” except to reporters who aren’t asking the right questions. For all you folks dealing with the noise, this is what you are going to get a lot more of if the Navy is successful in implementing their proposed electromagnetic warfare training in Olympic National Forest & surrounding areas.

A new round of booming noises has disturbed residents of west Port Angeles and Joyce, who say the mysterious sounds shake their homes. The rattling noises were reported at about 12:21 p.m. Wednesday, almost exactly two weeks after the last round of booms heard on the afternoon of Feb. 25, and again at about 9:35 a.m. Thursday…. Speculation on the cause of the booms has included naval military exercises in the Strait, thunder, sonic booms from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island aircraft, hunters and small, shallow earthquakes. Arwyn Rice reports. (Peninsula Daly News)

Goodbye Robyn Du Pre

It’s been reported that Northwest Straits Foundation Executive Director Robyn Du Pre has lost her battle with cancer. There will be a longer obituary in the near future. But my heart goes out to her family and close circle of friends. She was a unique woman and I consider it an honor to have worked with her in the efforts of protecting the Salish Sea. Words cannot convey my sense of loss and true sadness for all of us. Goodbye Robyn. We already have missed you. We will carry on your work.

From Ginnie Broadhurst, the Executive Director of The Northwest Straits Commission

Dear Northwest Straits Commission members and MRC staff, It is with great sadness that I share news that Robyn du Pre passed away on Monday evening at home after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.  Robyn served as Executive Director of the Northwest Straits Foundation from November 2012 through this past summer.  She was a close friend, colleague and exemplary leader to many of us.   Previous to her work at the NWS Foundation she was Exec Director at RE Sources for sustainable communities in Bellingham.  She was a life-long environmental advocate, naturalist and adventurer.

I’ve attached a photo of Robyn taken just this past January as she and her husband launched a kayak that she was building.  She is greatly missed.

Robyn made it very clear that she did not want a memorial service nor did she have requests for donations.  For those of you who knew Robyn, I think that  the best gift that we can provide to her and her family is to carry on the work that was vital to her – keeping our environment healthy for ourselves and future generations.  Please join me in carrying her work and her legacy forward.

Joan Drinkwin, has been acting as Interim Director of NWS Foundation since Robyn stepped down to fight her cancer. A search is ongoing for a full term ED.927

It’s official: Olympic Mountains — source of our water supply — in a state of drought – PDN

We assumed it was happening, and now the news is official. Even if you don’t believe in global warming, you are about to have a summer governed by it.

A stubbornly warm winter is still providing the Olympic Mountains with little snowpack, and the mountain range has been declared to officially be in a state of drought. After a short-lived storm restored about a foot of snow last week, the meager, melting snowpack in the Olympics is back to single-digit percentages of where it should be. The snow level is above the tops of most of the Olympics peaks, meaning that today’s rains are just that — rain — and not snow. Both the short- and long-range forecasts are for above-normal temperatures, according to the National Weather Service. Arwyn Rice reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Photos: Japanese tsunami debris still washing up on B.C. shores – Vancouver Sun

And on this fourth anniversary of the Fukushima Earthquake, the debris keeps coming. It’s hard to believe it was four years ago.  And the radioactive waste is apparently still spilling into the sea.

March 11, 2015 is the fourth anniversary of the devastating tidal waves that hit Japan after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan’s largest island. Debris from Japan has been washing up on North American shores since 2012. (Vancouver Sun)

Action Taken To Protect Fish At Bottom Of Ocean Food Chain – Earthfix

As discussed in yesterday’s post, there has been a new rule under development to protect forage fish. These fish are critical to the rest of the ocean ecosystem. The west coast fisheries managers appear to have done the right thing.

West Coast fishery managers adopted a new rule Tuesday that protects many species of forage fish at the bottom of the ocean food chain. The rule prohibits commercial fishing of herring, smelt, squid and other small fish that aren’t currently targeted by fishermen. It sets up new, more protective regulations for anyone who might want to start fishing for those species in the future. The Pacific Fishery Management Council unanimously voted to adopt the rule at a meeting in Vancouver, Washington. The council sets ocean fishing seasons off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. Cassandra Profita reports. (EarthFix)

West Coast fishery managers days away from landmark decision on forage fish – Oregonian

Forage fish are the basis of the much of the food source for a huge variety of species, from salmon, sea birds and many other creatures. Moving into harvesting this species could put the final nail in the coffin of the fisheries on the west coast. Seabirds are already dying in the tens of thousands now off the coast, due to lack of food. Killing off the rest of their food source seems like stupid thinking, which is in abundance these days.

West coast fishery managers are poised to make a decision next week that could alter the future of fishing in federal waters off the Pacific Coast, as well as in Oregon’s state-regulated nearshore waters. The Pacific Fishery Management Council is scheduled to vote Monday on a proposal to restrict new forage fisheries off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington unless prospective fishermen can prove harvesting a new species would not damage the ecosystem. Kelly House reports. (Oregonian)

NOAA study could set stage for Makah whaling to resume- Seattle Times

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. A bad idea wrapped in an old tradition, that no longer makes sense. You can extrapolate a lot of things  like this that people could do, and shouldn’t. Let your imagination think about it.

There should be new ways to teach people the hunt, and the point of the hunt, without destroying these creatures that we now know are so much more than just meat for someone’s table, that is, if they even eat whale meat anymore at all. I don’t support his action on their part. I understand why some of the tribe thinks they should do it, but I hope that they don’t.

On Friday, NOAA Fisheries released a draft environmental study that could set the stage for the resumption of whaling off the Washington coast by the Makah Indian tribe. The draft proposes six options ranging from prohibiting an annual hunt for North Pacific gray whales to allowing up to 24 to be harvested within a six-year period. Hal Bernton reports. (Seattle Times)


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