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A healthy sea star on Alki Beach

Boaters can help as sea star epidemic spreads

Sea stars — or starfish, as I knew them growing up — are one of those things in the ocean that are just so weird you can’t possibly not notice them. And noticing them, and reporting your findings, may be their best hope for survival as a frightening new disease courses through their ranks. Brainless, eyeless, hydraulically [...]

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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Dam in Ballard seen from seaward

First waterways infrastructure bill in seven years signed into law

Thanks to Captain Mike Brough for pointing us toward this story President Obama signed into this month the first waterways infrastructure spending bill to pass Congress in seven years. The Water Resources Reform Development Act funds such various maritime projects as shoreline damage prevention, harbor maintenance and various inland waterways improvements. The bill is a [...]

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Red algae blooms showing up on Puget Sound

  Update 5.22.14 (originally published 5.18.13) Reader Brenda Harbottle  today wrote to ask why Blakely Harbor had turned orange — and provided the pictures to prove it on our Facebook Page.  We confronted the same question last year and here’s what we found: If you see a red-orange bloom on the water while boating on [...]

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A reminder to be kind to your cetacean friends

It’s that time of year again when people and whales are going to start getting cozy, and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has sent out the following reminder to boaters to steer clear of killer whales: With summer approaching, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is reminding recreational boaters to [...]

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Turn-in program launched for derelict boats

Owners of boats that are likely to become derelict or abandoned now have a legal and cost-free way to get rid of them, under a new pilot program developed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The Vessel Turn-in Program was set up to dismantle boats that don’t yet satisfy the legal definition of [...]

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Deep Sea saga results in penalty

Rory Westmoreland, owner of the derelict vessel Deep Sea, which burnt and sank in Penn Cove on Whidbey Island almost two years ago, has been fined $301,000 for his role in the debacle. The Washington State Department of Ecology issued the fine this week after determining that Westmoreland failed to take responsibility for keeping the [...]

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