Razor clam digging closed for the season on ocean beaches

Digging will remain closed on ocean beaches for the remainder of the razor clam season because of elevated toxin levels.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has canceled two

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Razor clam dig reduced to Thursday only due to public health concerns

Three days of a four-day razor clam dig have been canceled on all ocean beaches because of public health concerns, state shellfish managers said on Wednesday evening.

The opening will continue

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Pollution restricts shellfish harvest in Pierce, Mason and Whatcom counties, Grays Harbor listed as “threatened”

State health officials are restricting shellfish harvesting in portions of three commercial growing areas due to high levels of fecal bacteria in the water. Another 17 areas are now defined

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Olympic National Park Staff Prepare for Summer Season: Come Find Your Park This Spring

As migrating birds return and wildflowers bloom in the lowland forests, employees at Olympic National Park are turning their attention to spring cleaning and preparations for the main visitor

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Lady Washington Adds Visit to Westport to Its June Schedule

Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, will help the City of Westport celebrate its 100th birthday with a visit June 27-29. The vessel will offer walk-on tours and

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Federal council adopts alternatives for ocean salmon sport fisheries

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Anglers fishing along the Washington coast could see a higher catch quota for chinook salmon, and all three sport harvest alternatives for coho are up from last year.

Three

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Public meeting on salmon forecast kicks off WDFW season-setting process

OLYMPIA – Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year’s

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Imperium Renewables and Pacific Coast Canola sign contract for biofuel supply

HOQUIAM, Wash. –Imperium Renewables, one of the largest biodiesel manufacturers in the United States, has reached an agreement with Pacific Coast Canola (PCC) to purchaseregionally sourcedcanola oil for biodiesel production. Pacific Coast Canola’s canola crushing plant in Warden, Wash., is the largest in the West. It began commercial operation in August of 2013 and has the capacity to produce at approximately 137,000 metric tons, or 40,000,000 gallons, of oil annually. “This milestone agreement with PCC will help us fully realize the potential of renewable biofuels in Washington,” said Imperium CEO John Plaza.  “Canola grown by Pacific Northwest farmers will be processed by PCC and that oil will be made into biodiesel by Imperium at our Hoquiam refinery. This advanced biofuel will be shipped to consumers in the region and around the world. We have been pursuing this goal since 2004 and we are very excited to be working with PCC to see this vision through.” The agreement will provide a reliable and diversified market for a portion of PCC’s production capacity, while supplying regionally sourced canola oil for Imperium. Locally sourced canola oil will help the biofuels company produce fuels that meet low-carbon fuel standards required by law in California and British Columbia, as well as biodiesel market demands in Oregon and Washington and the global marketplace. Low-carbon fuel standards mandate not only that fuel be refined from less carbon heavy materials such as petroleum, but also take into account the carbon emitted during the growth, production, distribution and use of those fuels. “We are proud to partner with Imperium, one of our local Washington state customers benefitting from our close proximity,” said Matt Upmeyer, Chief Operations Officer of PCC. “The Imperium contract is another big step as we bring our facility to full capacity, which is great news for local canola farmers.” About Imperium Renewables Imperium Renewables is a global leader in next-generation biofuel production in the US. Founded in 2004, the company continues to focus on providing safe domestic fuel supplies for the marketplace and providing family wage jobs in Washington State. Imperium Renewables operates one of the nation’s largest BQ-9000 certified biodiesel facilities, Imperium Grays Harbor in Hoquiam, Wash., which is capable of producing up to 100 million gallons per year. More information is available at www.imperiumrenewables.com. About Pacific Coast Canola Pacific Coast Canola operates the first and only commercial scale canola crushing operation west of the Rocky Mountains in Warden, Wash., which is well-positioned to supply the expanding demand for canola products on the West Coast of the United States. Pacific Coast Canola is 84 percent owned by Legumex Walker Inc. www.pacificcoastcanola.com.

WDFW launches new family getaway planning website

The Washington Department of Fish (WDFW) has some great ideas for people planning family vacations this year – and all of them involve fishing.

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Ecology publishes updated Grays Harbor oil-spill response plan

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and U.S. Coast Guard published an updated Grays Harbor Geographic Response Plan this week to improve site-specific, oil-spill

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