EVENT:The Art of Seaweed Pressing

Monday, June 10 from 1-3:30 pmLocation: Jefferson WSU Extension Classroom, 97 Oak Bay Road, Port Hadlock WA, 98339

Learn about local coastal seaweeds while creating your own special art. Nam Siu, Washington Fish & Wildlife biologist, is passionate about the science and beauty of seaweeds. He will guide you through the art of seaweed pressing while you learn about their biology and ecological importance. Instruction, fresh seaweed, special paper and other supplies are included.


Cost $15 per person. Space is limited so register today!  Register through Brown Paper Tickets athttps://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4250829. If you have questions, contact Joanne at joanne.labaw@gmail.com.


Thousands of marine animals at risk in Pacific Northwest from Navy tech tests, documents show – Seattle Times

This isn’t news to those of us who have been reading the Navy’s proposals over the last decade. They have clearly been documenting that they are planning on having thousands of marine life as “collatoral damage” to their relentless turning of our Sound, Hood Canal and Strait, into a military training area where anything goes. Many of us have tried to get our political allies on board, and are finally seeing them coming around to working on slowing this juggernaut. However, politicians like Representative Derek Kilmer continues to do virtually nothing to push back on this growth of the Navy in our back yard,

The Navy  have foisted off these documents as a way to get “public input” when in reality they were only going through the motions for the sake of legally saying they have done it. There has never been any real expectations, nor has their been any change, to seeing their original demands be the final outcome no matter how many thousands of letters from local citizens go to them. It’s all window dressing.

The Navy’s latest testing and training proposal in the Northwest reveals the secretive military branch’s futuristic technology and planned war-game maneuvers. It also outlines how Navy sonar and explosives could harm marine animals. The nearly 1,800-page document, two volumes of Navy bureaucratese, details proposals to test the Navy’s rail-gun system (it can fire projectiles at up to seven times the speed of sound), pilot mine-detecting underwater drones and fly its airborne surveillance drone at 50,000 feet. Evan Bush reports. (Seattle Times)

Thousands of marine animals at risk in Pacific Northwest from Navy tech tests, documents show

Canadian, U.S Coast Guards practice working together in case of cross border oil spill -CHEK

This is an ongoing story of both countries working cooperatively to prepare for a possible spill. It’s not a panacea, but some protection.

Adequate oil spill response is paramount to maintain the health of the oceans. That’s why both the U.S and Canadian Coast guard, along with their spill response partners, were practising their joint response during a two-day simulated drill. They started in Port Angeles on Wednesday and then on Thursday, they were in the Strait of Juan de Fuca…. More than 5,000 deep sea vessels travel through the Salish Sea in designated shipping lanes each year on both sides of the border. Luisa Alvarez reports. (CHEK)

Canadian, U.S Coast Guards practice working together in case of cross border oil spill

Ghost-net busters are entering a new era of hunting and removal – Kitsap Sun

Chris Dunagan gives us a great overview of the ongoing project of the NW Straits Foundation, which helps fund our Marine Resources Committees in the North Sound. This is good news for all of us for removing a legacy going back probably 50 years.

Chris Dunagan in Watching Our Water Ways writes: “My mind is unable to grasp, in any meaningful way, how much death and destruction was caused by fishing nets that were lost and abandoned through the years. Nearly 6,000 of these so-called “ghost nets” have been pulled from the waters of Puget Sound over the past 17 years. Until removed, they keep on catching fish, crabs and many more animals to one degree or another….”

Ghost-net busters are entering a new era of hunting and removal 

Jefferson County Department of Community Development Reprimands Fort Discovery

The ongoing controversy over the building of “Fort Discovery” continues. I’m sure this won’t be the last posting on this politically charged project.

In a letter dated May 10, 2019 sent to Mr. Joe D’Amico, President of Fort Discovery Corporation, Jefferson County DCD director Patty Charnas documented 14 years of the company’s failure to comply with Jefferson County building codes and land use ordinances.

In late 2018 the Tarboo Ridge Coalition, a county-wide citizen’s group opposing Mr. D’Amico’s plans to build a paramilitary training complex at Tarboo Lake, filed a complaint with multiple agencies asserting that Mr. D’Amico had started construction without applying for permits or submitting required reports and documentation.

A March 22 site inspection by Jefferson County and the Washington State Department of Ecology confirmed that site clearing, wetland destruction, foundation construction, erection of three buildings that fail to meet the county building code, and numerous other violations, have occurred.

TRC board member Riley Parker obtained a copy of the County’s letter through a public records request. “We appreciate the County conducting a thorough inspection and noting the numerous violations we knew were there,” said Parker. “History is repeating itself.”

“The eight-page Charnas letter lays out, in detail, the tasks necessary for Mr. D’Amico to get authorization to build his encampment” said Peter Newland, President of the TRC Board. “The County continues to seek Fort Discovery’s voluntary compliance and has requested that Fort Discovery respond within 15 days. We’ll see what happens.”



Peter Newland




Hood Canal preservation gets another bump from Legislature – Kitsap Sun

This is very good news. Congratulations to Peter Bahls and the NW Watershed Institute!

Thousands of pristine acres of timberland along Hood Canal have been earmarked for preservation, thanks to $6.3 million from the Legislature.  The Dabob Bay natural area’s latest expansion spreads some 4,000 acres east and south onto the Toandos Peninsula. The Legislature’s purchase guarantees 900 of those acres will be transferred out of the state Department of Natural Resources’ timber trust and into conservation. The state will begin to pursue other properties within the acreage, which spans from Dabob to Thorndyke Creek, according to Peter Bahls, director of the Northwest Watershed Institute that has fought to preserve the area since 2002. Josh Farley reports. (Kitsap Sun)

Hood Canal preservation gets another bump from Legislature

Southern resident orca matriarch J17 continues to decline, new photos show – Seattle Times

Can we save the Southern Residents? The jury is still out and the word from the field is not good.

Concern is heightened for the survival of J17, an endangered southern resident orca who is continuing to decline, new photos show. Researcher John Durban, of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in his spring survey of the southern residents detected further emaciation in J17 since his last survey in fall 2018. The survey was conducted in conjunction with Sealife Response, Rehabilitation and Research. The whale, a matriarch in her clan, now has a pronounced “peanut head.” The condition indicates severe loss of body fat, such that the whale’s neck shows. Her daughter, J53, also has deteriorated since last fall, according to the body condition survey, which is done non-invasively, by drone photography. Lynda Makes reports. (Seattle Times)

Southern resident orca matriarch J17 continues to decline, new photos show 

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