Harvesting Under The Stars: A Night In The Life Of A Shellfish Farmer – KNKX

An  8 minute radio piece on night harvest of shellfish at Totten Inlet.While it’s a nice story on the workers that harvest our oysters,  the reporter avoided discussing the issues that have been causing a citizen activist organization to be suing to stop the growth of the industry in this very inlet. If you were looking for any of the controversy on Totten Inlet, you won’t find it in this piece. You could also check out the following story on more background.


Almost every night in the winter, there are hundreds of farmers at work along the Washington coast. The lights of their head lamps are just barely visible on the shoreline. They are shellfish farmers out harvesting clams, oysters, and geoducks. They are up at such late hours because of the tide. That’s when it’s lowest during the winter months. Allie Ferguson reports. (KNKX)


Study predicts decline in Dungeness crab from ocean acidification – Seattle Times

More on ocean acidification and it’s likely affect on our local food supply.

Dungeness crab are forecast to take a hit from ocean acidification driven by fossil- fuel combustion, according to a study released this past week. Though the populations of the Dungeness crab fluctuate year by year, their overall abundance by 2063 could be about 30 percent lower, according to federal fishery biologist Issac Kaplan, a co-author of the study,  Hal Bernton reports. (Seattle Times)


Court throws wrench in plans for big Washington oil terminal -AP

Good news for a change.

The Washington Supreme Court threw a major wrench Thursday in plans for a big oil terminal on the coast, saying the proposal must be reviewed under a 1989 state law designed to protect marine life following the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska. In the latest of a string of victories for tribal and environmental groups challenging fossil fuel projects in the Northwest, the justices unanimously reversed decisions by a state board and the state Court of Appeals, which held the Ocean Resources Management Act did not cover plans by Houston-based Contanda to ship crude out of Grays Harbor. Gene Johnson reports. (Associated Press)


After Buyouts and Layoffs, Nearly Two Dozen People Will Leave the Seattle Times Newsroom 

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Some names of who leaves, other shoes waiting to fall. Heidi Groover reports. (The Stranger)


A bright spot in Puget Sound: Sealife-nurturing eelgrass beds are holding steady – Seattle Times

Some good news today. Eelgrass doing better than thought.

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Environmental Year In Review on KPTZ.org today. 1:45 PM PST.

Phil Andrus and I will take 45 minutes and go over the Good, Bad and Ugly from 2016’s environmental news. We will break it down into  International/National, Regional and Local news. While the year ahead looks pretty dark, there’s lots to celebrate from 2016. So boost your spirits and tune in, turn up and drop down into your nearest sitting position (stand if you wish), and catch a dose of what mattered in 2016.

While you are there, take a few minutes and donate to KPTZ and help us continue this incredible radio resource for the Olympic Peninsula.

91.9 on the Quimper Peninsula and kptz.org on the web.

Head outdoors and take your pick: clams, crab, fish – Seattle Times

State Fish and Wildlife approves razor clam digging Friday and Saturday at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches.

There are many fun activities to ring in the New Year that include pulling in a pot of Dungeness crab, hooking a trout or digging up a batch of razor clams.

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