Governor Signs Ban on Atlantic Salmon

Grateful for all the legislators, tribal leaders and environmentalists who backed and pushed this through. Sad that it took a disaster to get this done, but sometimes that’s the way it goes. Now the lawsuits begin, and Tim Eyman is apparently going to try and get an initiative put in place to overturn this.

The whole bill language is here.

Governor slated to sign oil spill prevention act.

Some positive news on the oil spill protection front.
SB 6269-S2.E – DIGEST
Addresses oil transportation safety. Finds that the department of ecology’s oil spill program faces a critical funding gap due to the lack of adequate revenue to fully fund the prevention and preparedness services required by state law, including the 2015 oil transportation safety act.
Declares an intent to: (1) Provide adequate revenue to fully fund prevention and preparedness services required by state law;
(2) Direct the department of ecology to specifically address the risks of oils submerging and sinking; and (3) More extensively coordinate with our Canadian
partners in order to protect the state’s economy and its shared resources.
Requires the department of ecology to: (1) Establish the Salish Sea shared waters forum to address common issues in the cross-boundary waterways between Washington state and British Columbia such as: Enhancing efforts to reduce oil spill risk, addressing navigational safety, and promoting data sharing; and (2) In consultation with the Puget Sound partnership and the pilotage commission, complete a report of vessel traffic
and vessel traffic safety within the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound area that includes the San Juan archipelago, its connected waterways, Haro Strait, Boundary Pass, Rosario
Strait, and the waters south of Admiralty Inlet.
Provides a July 1, 2021, expiration date for the Salish Sea shared waters forum.

Governor to sign bill improving halibut monitoring.

More money for halibut monitoring and management.
States that a catch record card for halibut is five dollars. Requires the funds that are received from the sale of halibut catch record cards to be used for monitoring and
management of recreational halibut fisheries including expanding opportunities for recreational anglers

Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 6127
Relating to improving the management of the state’s halibut fishery.
Primary Sponsor: Kevin Van De Wege

Governor Slated to Sign Bill Helping Marbled Murrelet Information Today

Mike Chapman  and Steve Tharinger sponsored the bill. Governor to sign it today.

Requires the department of natural resources to provide a report to the legislature by December 1, 2018, and each December 1st until the year after the United States fish and wildlife service issues an incidental take permit on the state trust land habitat conservation plan for the long-term conservation strategy for the marbled murrelet. Requires the report to include: (1) An economic analysis of potential losses or gains from any proposed marbled murrelet long-term conservation strategy selected by the board of natural resources; and (2) Recommendations relating to actions that support family-wage timber and related jobs, strategies on loss of revenues to the trust beneficiaries, financing county services, and conservation measures for the marbled murrelet that also provide economic benefits to rural communities. Requires the commissioner of public lands to appoint a marbled murrelet advisory committee to assist the department in developing and providing the report. Requires the standing committee with jurisdiction over state trust land management from the house of representatives and the senate, each regular legislative session, to each hold a meeting on the report and on the habitat conservation plan update process.

Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2285
Relating to establishing a reporting process for the department of natural resources
regarding certain marbled murrelet habitat information.
Primary Sponsor: Mike Chapman

The environmental wins and losses in Olympia this year – Crosscut

A good overview of the session.

Even with Democrats in charge of the Legislature, environmentalists struggled on climate, clean water and orca protection.

You won’t pay an extra dime to fight climate change for every gallon of gasoline you buy. Puget Sound stands to be a tad better protected from oil spills when oil-tanker traffic jumps sevenfold, increasing the risk of a spill. And while your current microwave popcorn bag or burger wrapper likely contains a cancer-causing chemical today, your future purchases — starting in 2022, or perhaps later — aren’t supposed to.

Those are among the mixed environmental results from this year’s whirlwind 60-day session of the Washington state Legislature — marked by a few environmental firsts but also some significant losses for the greens on climate change that go beyond their inability to pass a carbon tax.

DFO’s agreement to suspend roe herring fishery will give stocks an opportunity to recover

Bella Bella, Heiltsuk Territory (March 4, 2018) – The Heiltsuk Nation is pleased with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO’s) announcement on Friday that it is suspending the 2018 commercial roe herring fishery on the Central Coast.

“Heiltsuk’s relationship with herring dates back hundreds of generations,” said Heiltsuk hereditary chief Harvey Humchitt. “We are still feeling the impacts of the reduction and sac roe fisheries from the past century. This decision is an important step as we continue to work towards the recovery of herring populations in our territory and uphold our responsibility to care for the resource.”

“We have been working hard to secure this closure to allow our herring stocks to rebuild. With this decision, DFO has taken an encouraging concrete step to show that it is serious about reconciliation,” said Marilyn Slett, Heiltsuk Chief Councillor. “We applaud DFO’s recognition of Heiltsuk traditional knowledge and their desire to support co-management of fisheries with us. We hope this is indicative of times to come.”

“Taking this action to protect herring today will yield benefits for all of us in the future when their biomass recovers. Not just for Heiltsuk and other First Nations, but also for fishers on the coast and wildlife alike,” said Heiltsuk hereditary chief and Gladstone Reconciliation Society board member Frank Brown.

Heiltsuk and DFO had been working together since August with a goal of developing a Joint Fisheries Management Plan. Heiltsuk asserted the need to refrain from a sac roe fishery this year in order to enable continued herring recovery. Herring biomass on the central coast remains far below historical levels.

In fundraising speech, Trump says he made up facts in meeting with Trudeau

If the President is openly admitting to lying to allies like Canada, what is next? We already know the lies and deceptive practices going on in his energy and environmental departments. If we no longer can believe anything coming out of the mouth of the President, or his cabinet, is it time to impeach him?  Where does this end? Do we now expect all our allies to lie to us? Even if you are a Republican, how do you justify this behavior from the leader of this country? How do we even do business with a man like this and his allies in the government? And what kind of message does this signal to children?

It’s time for our Congressional delegation to openly stop business as usual in the capital and demand an accounting of this.

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