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Washington’s Upcoming Elections and the Environment: Pay Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain

Posted in Climate Change, Emerging Policy, Shellfish Industry

Governor Jay Inslee enjoyed some national publicity this week, when The New York Times published an article about the governor’s climate change policies in the wake of recent deaths of baby oysters in Washington. Mr. Inslee and others attribute the oyster mortality to rising acidification in the Pacific Ocean, which feeds the Puget Sound, caused… Continue Reading

Washington Sea Grant Releases Final Report to the Washington State Legislature on Geoduck Aquaculture Research

Posted in Emerging Policy, Project Permitting, SEPA, Shellfish Industry, Water Quality

Last week, Washington Sea Grant (“WSG”), the research institution based at the University of Washington tasked with funding marine research and coordinating outreach and education related to sustainable use of marine resources, released its final report to the state legislature regarding research conducted on geoduck aquaculture and impacts to the environment. For those of you… Continue Reading

More on Ocean Acidification: My Summary of the IGBP, IOC, and SCOR’s Summary for Policymakers and Implications for the Pacific Northwest

Posted in Climate Change, Emerging Policy, Energy Policy, Geeky Science Stuff, Ocean Acidification, Shellfish Industry, Sustainability

The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) released their paper summarizing the results of its Third Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World this week. This document summarizes the results of a conference held in Monterey, California in September 2012, is aimed at… Continue Reading

Ocean Acidification and Science Communication: The Seattle Time’s “Sea Change” Series and Cliff Mass’s Critique

Posted in Climate Change, Emerging Policy, Geeky Science Stuff, Ocean Acidification, Shellfish Industry, Water Quality

If you follow the Seattle Times, or ocean acidification as an emerging issue, you’ve likely seen Craig Welch’s “Sea Change” series published last month, a series that is impressive in terms of scope and depth of coverage of the issue of ocean acidification, with its possible impacts on marine life and our economy. I’ve been… Continue Reading

Link Roundup: Ocean Acidification Update, Robotic Buoys to Help the Shellfish Industry, Plastic Cleanup in the North Pacific

Posted in Emerging Policy, Geeky Science Stuff, Ocean Acidification, Shellfish Industry, Water Quality

My Wednesday afternoon update has a strong focus on oceans: First, Craig Welch at the Seattle Times had a great piece out last week that summarizes the evolving understanding of ocean acidification and the impacts to the shellfish industry, along with one Willapa Bay oyster grower’s efforts to mitigate those impacts. For those of you… Continue Reading

The Ninth Circuit’s Decision in Drakes Bay Oyster Co. v. Jewell: Implications for NEPA Decisions?

Posted in Emerging Policy, NEPA, Shellfish Industry

The Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in Drakes Bay Oyster Company v. Sally Jewell on Tuesday, affirming the district court’s decision to not grant a preliminary injunction against the National Park Service keeping the Drakes Bay Oyster Company, located in Drakes Bay, part of the Point Reyes National Seashore, open while the company litigated the… Continue Reading

Washington Introduces First Legislation to Address Ocean Acidification

Posted in Clean Water Act, Climate Change, Emerging Policy, Ocean Acidification, Shellfish Industry, Water Quality

Yesterday, Senators Rankin, Litzow, Shin and Kline introduced SB 5547 a bill acting on the recommendations of Governor Gregoire’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification. The bill was referred to the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee. We’ll see if it makes it out of that committee and comes up for a vote. In a nutshell,… Continue Reading

Offshore Shellfish Cultivation: KZO Sea Farms Obtains Preliminary Corps Permit for Facility off Long Beach

Posted in Endangered/Threatened Species, Energy Policy, Project Permitting, Shellfish Industry, Sustainability, Water Quality

Last week, KZO Sea Farms obtained a preliminary permit from the Army Corps of Engineers for a 100-acre, offshore, shellfish farm in the Southern California Bight, approximately 9 miles offshore of Long Beach and outside of the 3-mile territorial limit of California’s state waters. The proposed project has the potential to farm two species of… Continue Reading

Hot environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest: Coal exports, Pebble Mine, derelict vessels

Posted in Clean Water Act, Climate Change, Emerging Policy, Energy Policy, Shellfish Industry, Water Quality

For those of you that are not up on the hot-button issues in Washington and the Pacific Northwest: Coal exports: Craig Welch at the Seattle Times wrote a good summary on coal export plans in Washington. This is shaping up to be the biggest environmental issue in Washington, and presents many interesting legal and policy… Continue Reading

Ocean Acidification Update: New Study on Impacts to Shellfish Industry and Washington’s Regulatory Response

Posted in Climate Change, Emerging Policy, Ocean Acidification, Shellfish Industry

The latest from the group of researchers studying ocean acidification is out–Craig Welch wrote a good article for the Seattle Times on this subject the other day. I’ve previously discussed work done in Hood Canal by this same group of researchers, but this current paper is the first work to directly link oyster larval mortality… Continue Reading

Ocean Acidification and Puget Sound

Posted in Climate Change, Emerging Policy, Ocean Acidification, Shellfish Industry, Water Quality

I just finished reading an article published in Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science by Richard Feely from the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory here in Seattle and his co-authors from the University of Washington and the Washington Department of Ecology. These researchers sampled waters in Puget Sound on two cruises in February and August 2008, and… Continue Reading