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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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Boating groups oppose no-discharge zone in Puget Sound

Commercial and recreational boating groups are voicing their opposition to a proposal that would ban the discharge of sewage, treated or not, throughout Puget Sound. The Washington State Department of Ecology is proposing a no-discharge zone (NDZ) that it says is needed to protect the environmentally sensitive Sound. Federal law currently prohibits dumping untreated sewage [...]

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