A group of Olympic Peninsula hunters, anglers, and guides of Sportsmen for Wild Olympics delivered signatures last week from more than 300 local sportsmen and women on a petition to Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer in support of their new legislation to permanently protect headwaters and salmon streams on Olympic National Forest and enhance access. …
by Dave Haviland •
ABERDEEN, Wash. – The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have planned a return to Grays Harbor in September for important maintenance projects, and Hawaiian Chieftain will offer opportunities for tours and public excursions. Lady Washington is scheduled to arrive at Seaport Landing September 5, when she’ll undergo a complete electrical refit, including shore power, generators, and new bunk lighting. The Historical Seaport is receiving assistance for the re-power from Scappoose, Ore.-based Cruising Essentials and the American Boat and Yacht Council. The project is scheduled for completion September 30.
Hawaiian Chieftain will visit Port Townsend for her bi-annual maintenance haul-out Sept. 4-15 at the Port Townsend Shipyard. The ship will then sail for Aberdeen, arriving at Seaport Landing on Sept. 18. After routine U.S. Coast Guard inspections, Hawaiian Chieftain will open for public visits and excursions.
Fish and Wildlife Commission extends octopus protections and sets hunting seasons for migratory waterfowl
by Dave Haviland •
OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission extended protections for giant Pacific octopuses in Puget Sound today by prohibiting the recreational harvest of the species at seven popular scuba diving sites from Whidbey Island to Tacoma.
The commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the Governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), also adopted 2013-14 hunting seasons for migratory waterfowl and approved several land acquisitions designed to conserve fish and wildlife habitat during the first day of its Aug. 2-3 meeting in Olympia.
The commission considered several options for managing the recreational harvest of giant Pacific octopuses before unanimously deciding to prohibit their harvest at Redondo Beach in Des Moines; Three Tree Point in Burien; Seacrest Park Coves 1, 2 and 3 near Alki Point in West Seattle; an area adjacent to the Les Davis Fishing Pier in Tacoma; the Alki Beach Junk Yard in West Seattle; the Days Island Wall in Tacoma; and Deception Pass north of Oak Harbor. The new rules will take effect this fall.