• Winter high ‘king’ tides on Washington shores

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s naturally occurring king tides start this week, and the state Department of Ecology (Ecology) is inviting the public to share their photos of these higher-than-usual winter tides.

    These tidal events are often referred to as king tides. They offer a glimpse of how rising sea levels from global climate change could affect Washington’s marine shorelines by:

    • Intensifying coastal flooding, especially during high tides and major storm surges.
    • Shifting marine beaches inland. Increasing coastal bluff erosion.
    • Endangering houses and other structures built near the shore such as roads, sea walls and utilities.

    Recent scientific studies project that global sea level will rise 4-56 inches by 2100 with significant local variation. By soliciting and posting king tide photos on its Web page, Ecology is working to educate people about the impacts of sea-level rise with the goal of better informed public policy decisions about shoreline  planning and management.            

    In Washington’s coastal regions – Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca and the outer coast – this season’s king tides will happen from early December 2013 through the end of January 2014.

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  • Cantwell to Attend First Senate Hearing on Tsunami Debris Response

    Washington D.C. – On Thursday, May 17th at 10:30 A.M., U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) will attend the first Senate oversight hearing on tsunami debris response. Cantwell will urge more action to protect Washington state’s coastal economy, during a Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard hearing entitled “Stemming the Tide: the U.S. Response to Tsunami-Generated Marine Debris.”

    After a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, an enormous amount of debris was washed out to sea. One year later, very little is known about the composition of the debris and there is currently no federal plan in place to address a large-scale marine debris event such as the approaching tsunami debris. Cantwell has been a leading advocate of getting an aggressive plan in place to address the threat tsunami debris poses to Washington state’s coastal economy and communities. The state’s coastal economy supports 165,000 jobs and produces $10.8 billion in economic activity each year.

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  • Two Fishermen and Fish Company Manager Face Thousands in Fines for Fishing Violations

    CHINOOK, Wash. – Three men involved in illegally harvesting sablefish in 2005, were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to fines and restitution. JON SCHULTZ, 46, ROBERT GREENFIELD, 40 and KENNETH GREENFIELD, 51, all of Chinook, Washington, were sentenced on the misdemeanor charge of failing to exercise due care while trafficking in illegally obtained fish.   Fisherman KENNETH GREENFIELD was fined $16,479 and ordered to pay restitution to the State of Washington of $16,479. His brother, fisherman ROBERT GREENFIELD was fined $11,604 and ordered to pay restitution to Washington State of $11,604. SCHULTZ, an employee of Bell Buoy Crab Company was fined $10,000. All three men paid their fines and restitution in court this morning.

                According to the plea agreements filed in the case, in the summer and fall of 2005, SCHULTZ was the Production Manager for Bell Buoy Crab Company of Chinook, Washington. He was responsible for purchasing sablefish, also known as black cod, from area fishermen including the GREENFIELDs. Federal groundfish regulations establish harvest levels and seasons for the fish. In order to determine how much fish is being taken, fish processing facilities such as Bell Buoy are required to fill out a “fish receiving ticket” and provide a copy to the fishermen with the accurate date and weight of the catch. 
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  • Coast Guard Boat in Morro Bay, CA 04 Dec 2007

    U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold public discussions on the future of America’s waterways

    The U.S. Coast Guard, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will hold nationwide public discussions on navigational aid technology and how it will affect the future of America’s waterways. The Future of Navigation-21st Century Waterways public listening sessions will be held in several locations across the […]

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  • October is Disaster Preparedness and NOAA Weather Radio Month

    CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed October as Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month and NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Month. In keeping with the proclamation, local jurisdictions, individuals, schools and businesses across the state will promote all-hazard preparedness throughout the month.
    Highlight of the month is the Great Washington Shakeout “drop, cover and hold on” earthquake drill on Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. The drill will emphasize the urgent need for people, organizations, schools, communities and businesses to practice what to do to be safe during an earthquake, and how to be ready before an earthquake strikes. In addition, coastal communities will test their tsunami alert sirens at the same time.
    “Earthquakes are one of the greatest hazards in our state,” said Robert Ezelle, director of the Emergency Management Division of the Washington Military Department. “The good thing about the Great Washington Shakeout is that so many members of the public will come out of it better prepared not only for quakes, but for other significant hazards such as tsunamis, floods, winter storms and acts of terror.”

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  • Doppler Site Construction Begins

    COPALIS BEACH, Wash. – Construction should begin this week on the Coasts next Doppler Weather Radio Station located near Copalis Beach. Senator Maria Cantwell’s Office said the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration Office has signed paperwork to begin leasing the location, and can now begin cnostruction. The Doppler is expected to be operational by this September.

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