Garth Foss helps guard Strait of Juan de Fuca -PDN

11/7 Peninsula Daily NewsDAVID G. SELLARS

GARTH FOSS, THE green and white tug that is as common a sight in the Strait of Juan de Fuca as the pilot boats, oil tankers and cargo ships, is one of the most powerful tugs in the world. Known within the industry as an enhanced tractor tug, she was designed and built to be primarily responsible for providing escort and vessel assist services to oil tankers as they transit Puget Sound. She is 155 feet long and has a 46-foot beam.

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Superb video on local ocean acidification

Check out this 9 minute video from Oregon Public Broadcasting on the effects of ocean acidification on shellfish and animals at Tatoosh and the Oregon coast. A very good narrative of what’s happening to us right in our backyard of Tatoosh, and Hood Canal for that matter.

Life on the Edge: Micah McCarty and the People of the Cape – KPLU

8/25 KPLU-FM
Life on the Edge: Micah McCarty and the People of the Cape
Liam Moriarty

At the western edge of the Salish Sea sits Cape Flattery, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific Ocean. Nearby is Neah Bay, the traditional home of the Makah Indian tribe, who call themselves the People of the Cape. This week in our series “Reflections on the Water,” KPLU environment reporter Liam Moriarty goes to Neah Bay to speak with tribal council member Mikah McCarty.

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Industry Begins Paying for Full-Time Rescue Tug at Neah Bay July 1

“As the horror of the Gulf oil spill unfolds, it is worth remembering that here in Washington state we’ve done at least one big thing right—we have a fulltime rescue tugboat stationed at Neah Bay. More than 40 times that boat has aided a vessel that might have otherwise turned into a spill. And now, finally, the funding for that tug has been secured for the long term—paid for the by the oil companies and shippers that most need its services, not by the taxpayers whose environment is put at risk.”

For more on this issue See People For Puget Sound’s

Action Agenda on Spill Prevention and Response in Puget Sound

Story on Neah Bay Rescue Tug

6/28 KUOW-FM
The Tug That Got No Respect, Gets Respect
Carolyn Adolph
Few places on the Strait of Juan de Fuca are as dangerous as Neah Bay, at the western tip of the Olympic Peninsula. The passage is tight, there are a lot of ships and many of them are oil tankers. Avoiding an oil spill there used to be a matter of skill and luck. But a decade ago the state put a rescue tug at Neah Bay to see if it would help. Now the state agrees it works so well, the tug should be permanent. Starting this week, the shipping industry will pay for it. KUOW’s Carolyn Adolph reports.
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Shipping Industry to Begin Footing Bill for Rescue Tug

After 10 years, finally, an agreement.

6/22/10 Kitsap Sun
Shipping Industry to Begin Footing Bill for Rescue Tug
By Christopher Dunagan

Oil shippers will pay 57 percent of the cost of an emergency rescue tugboat at Neah Bay when private industry takes over paying for the tug operation on July 1.

Representatives of the tanker and non-tanker sectors of the shipping industry have reached an agreement on cost allocation. They have signed a contract with Foss Maritime to provide a rescue tug for the coming year.

“It was a yearlong process (of negotiation),” said Frank Holmes, Northwest manager for Western States Petroleum Association. “In the end, the industry stakeholders were able to reach a cost-sharing agreement.”

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State modifies North Olympic Peninsula boundaries in rockfish rule – PDN

Interesting. The state says that anglers can take a limit of 10 rockfish a day. This on a species that many people believe is under threat of being decimated in the Sound and Straits. Numbers have plummeted everywhere, and the fish do not appear to migrate, so wiping them out in an area is pretty much a permanent event, from what I’ve read. Got a different point of view? Feel free to comment. I am not an expert on rockfish, only an interested angler. -Editor

2/22 Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula Daily News news sources

OLYMPIA — The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has modified the boundaries of a recently adopted rockfish rule for waters off the northwestern tip of the North Olympic Peninsula.

During a conference call Friday, the commission voted to revise the new rule so that it will apply only to the eastern portion of Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line.

The rule, as previously adopted, would have applied to all of Marine Area 4, which extends from Cape Alava on the coast to the Sekiu River in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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