Coast Guard medevacs sick crewman from commercial ship west of Grays Harbor

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria helicopter crew medevaced a sick crewmember from a commercial shipping vessel more than 50 miles west of Grays Harbor, Washington, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector

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Fish without a license during Washington’s Free Fishing Weekend June 7-8

Each year, thousands of Washingtonians go fishing – legally – without a license. How? By taking advantage of ‘Free Fishing Weekend,’ scheduled for June 7-8.

 

During those two days

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Final razor clam digs of the season to start May 27

Clam diggers will have one last chance to dig razor clams this season during a final opening set to begin May 27.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after

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$11 million in grants from Ecology to help prevent flood damage upriver

OLYMPIA – Floods cause more damage than any other natural disasters in Washington. The Department of Ecology has awarded nearly $11 million in grants to recipients across the state to help

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Watch Your Step: Harbor Seals Pupping

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The harbor seal pupping season has started, nursing pups remain with their mothers for four to six weeks, and then are weaned to forage and survive on their own. Mothers will often leave their pups on the beach for several hours at a time while they're foraging for food. It's normal for seal pups to be alone on the beach. This does not mean they're abandoned.

Location
Time of Year
Columbia River, Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor
Mid-April - June
Olympic Peninsula
May - July
San Juan Islands, Eastern Puget Sound
June - August
Southern Puget Sound
July - September
Hood Canal
August - January
* Table provided by Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Marine Mammal Investigations.


Human disturbance near the pup may cause stress and delay the mother's return because of natural wariness. The best thing you can do is leave the pup alone and keep your distance so its mom will return. 

Razor clam digs approved to start May 13, tentative dates listed through June 1

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers hoping for a few late-season razor clam digs on Washington beaches will have plenty of options to consider. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW

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