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Herbicide to be used to control eelgrass on clam beds

April 4, 2014 Comments off

After a public process, the shellfish industry can begin using the herbicide Imazamox this spring to control the eelgrass on commercial clam beds in Willapa Bay only.

The Department of Ecology requires the herbicide to be used April 15 to June 30 only, with only one treatment allowed per year per clam bed.

No aerial application is allowed, and may not be applied to a 10-meter property line buffer, with some exceptions.

The Willapa/Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association requested the permit to help manage the growth of the non-native eelgrass.

It is spreading over Willapa Bay shellfish beds, making it difficult for the shellfish industry to grow and harvest clams.

Ecology held a public workshop and public hearing about this permit in South Bend on Feb. 1, 2014. Its public comment period ran from Jan. 2 through Feb. 15, 2014.

Permit details and Ecology’s responses to public comments are available on the agency website.


Comcast Cares for Seaport Landing

April 3, 2014 Comments off

Comcast Cares is returning to Aberdeen, this time focusing on the new Seaport Landing before the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain return in June.

The Lady and Chieftain return to Seaport Landing on June 5th and the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is looking for volunteers to help them get ready.

Comcast Cares will be joining with GHHSA on Saturday and Sunday, April 26th & 27th in South Aberdeen as they paint, garden, landscape, and build on the landing.

According to the official page for the event, this project is looking for up to 120 volunteer registrations.

The Seaport says that you should bring your own gloves, both work and weather as they will be working rain or shine.

For more information, contact Aaron Mefford at

Project Detail


Lake Quinault could re-open to the public

April 2, 2014 Comments off

The Quinault Indian Nation is considering re-opening Lake Quinault to some non-tribal use this spring after it was closed in April of 2013.

According the QIN President Fawn Sharp, the lake was closed due to concerns related to water pollution, invasive species, public safety and the need to protect and restore salmon habitat. It was reopened, for swimming only, in time for the July 4 weekend.

Representatives of the QIN met with community members and shared draft regulations with those in attendance, including fishing and boating policies, a possible temporary moratorium on the removal of docks and a probable restriction against non-resident boats. If approved, only resident boats would be allowed on the lake to minimize the introduction of invasive species.

“Closing the lake was not an easy decision for the Quinault Nation to make. We realize it caused difficulties for a number of people. But I’m happy to say that our relationship with the businesses and residents in the Lake Quinault area has improved and that there seems to be greater understanding about our reasons for taking the action we did.” said Sharp.

Another community meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 19 to inform and educate the public about invasive species, and other risks. An official from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Invasive Species Unit will be on hand.

Quinault Lake

New license needed for clam digging

April 1, 2014 Comments off

As of today, anyone digging razor clams will need a 2014-2015 license.

Low tide this morning is at 8:22 a.m. on Twin Harbors and Long Beach as the shift to morning tides began on Sunday. Both beaches are open through Thursday for a 9:05 am low tide on Wednesday and 9:49 am on Thursday.

Additional razor clam digs are tentatively scheduled for April 14-20.

We have tides, times, and tentative dates at


Clam digs continue tonight, prior to seasonal shift in tides

March 27, 2014 Comments off

Razor clam digs continue tonight before switching to morning tides this weekend for Grays Harbor beaches.

Digging tonight on Twin Harbors has a low tide of at 4:48 pm before more beaches are added tomorrow and switch to morning tides Sunday for five more days.

Residents will need a 2014-2015 license to dig starting on Tuesday.

Additional razor clam digs are tentatively scheduled April 14-20.

March 27, Thursday, 4:48 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
March 28, Friday, 5:38 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
March 29, Saturday, 6:23 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
(Seasonal switch to morning tides)
March 30, Sunday, 6:53 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
March 31, Monday, 7:39 a.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 1, Tuesday, 8:22 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 2, Wednesday, 9:05 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 3, Thursday, 9:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach

Tentative Dates

April 14, Monday, 6:46 a.m.; +0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
April 15, Tuesday, 7:24 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 16, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 17, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 18, Friday, 9:26 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
April 19, Saturday, 10:14 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
April 20, Sunday, 11:06 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks


Quinault River overtaking Enchanted Valley Chalet

March 25, 2014 Comments off

The Olympic National Park reports that as of last week, a four-foot section of the Enchanted Valley Chalet is now hanging over the bank of the upper Quinault River. Officials say that winter storms and high flows have shifted the Quinault by at least 15 feet in the past three months.

Park officials said there is little they can do to protect the 84-year-old structure against the forces of nature because of its remote location.

“Within what is technically and economically feasible, we continue to do our very best to protect the area’s natural and cultural resources and its wilderness character,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, “Our options are limited, however, given the size and force of the river and the valley’s remote location within the Olympic wilderness.”

A crew assessed and documented the Chalet’s condition and removed equipment, supplies and any hazardous materials. The building’s windows were also removed to both prevent glass from impacting the river and downstream natural resources and to preserve elements of the historic building.

“We understand that the Chalet occupies an important place in the history of this area, and we know that people hold deep regard and affection for the building,” said Creachbaum. “We invite anyone who’d like to share photos or memories of the Chalet to post them on our Olympic National Park Facebook page.”

“It’s a very difficult situation because it’s a beautiful old building,” park spokeswoman Barb Maynes said in an interview to the Peninsula Daily News.

Park officials say it’s not simple to just move the building.

“What we’ve learned is there aren’t any ways that are technically or economically feasible to protect the chalet in the long term,” Maynes said.

“If there was unlimited funding, and if we were talking about a building that was in a road access area, then we’d have a greater number of options.”

Reinforcing the river bank or redirecting the main channel would be problematic, too, because of the impacts to fish habitat and natural resources, Maynes said.

Jeff Monroe, owner of Carlsborg-based Monroe House Moving, has reached out to park officials about moving the chalet, saying that it would take about $40,000 plus six helicopter trips to accomplish the feat in one week, he said.

Located 13 miles up trail from the Graves Creek trailhead in Quinault Valley, the chalet was build by Quinault Valley residents in the early 1930s, prior to establishment of Olympic National Park. It served as a lodge for hikers and horse riders until the early 1940s.

Chalet Hang

Clam digs approved as tides change from evening to morning

March 24, 2014 Comments off

State shellfish managers have approved razor clam digs starting Wednesday, March 26, on evening tides, before they switch to morning tides on Sunday, March 30, for five more days of digging.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the switch from evening to morning digs reflects the moon’s seasonal effect on the tides.

“It gets a little tricky scheduling digs at this time of year, but the goal is to arrange openings during the best clam tides,” Ayres said. “The split schedule also provides an opportunity for back-to-back digs the evening of Saturday, March 29, and the morning of Sunday, March 30.”

Ayres also noted that diggers will have to purchase a 2014 license to participate in digs after March 31.

The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

March 26, Wednesday, 3:52 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
March 27, Thursday, 4:48 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
March 28, Friday, 5:38 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
March 29, Saturday, 6:23 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

(Seasonal switch to morning tides)

March 30, Sunday, 6:53 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
March 31, Monday, 7:39 a.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 1, Tuesday, 8:22 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 2, Wednesday, 9:05 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 3, Thursday, 9:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach

Starting April 1, all diggers age 15 or older must have a 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.


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Boat runs aground on Westport jetty

March 24, 2014 Comments off

The Coast Guard was able to rescue 4 recreational boaters after they ran aground near Westport on Sunday.

Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor received a distress call from a good Samaritan that said a boat with four people aboard had run aground on the south jetty.

The four people were wearing lifejackets and had no visible injuries.

Crewmembers launched a life boat and a ground crew to the scene, while a Jayhawk helicopter was also sent from Astoria.

Three of the four boaters were able to walk the jetty to shore while the fourth was hoisted aboard the helicopter and taken to Station Grays Harbor where local emergency medical support was waiting.

Crewmembers were able to pull the boat off the jetty and tow it to shore.

There was no report of pollution.


Officials visit China over shellfish ban

March 21, 2014 Comments off

U.S. officials traveled to Beijing this week to discuss China’s ongoing ban on shellfish from the U.S. West Coast.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokeswoman says Chinese authorities have agreed to meet today with officials from NOAA’s seafood inspection program.

China imposed a ban in December on the import of clams, oysters, mussels and scallops harvested from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California. China detected high levels of inorganic arsenic in geoducks from Puget Sound. It also found paralytic shellfish poisoning in geoducks harvested in Alaska.

NOAA has asked China to limit its ban to two localized areas rather than a wider swath of the West Coast.

NOAA spokeswoman Connie Barclay says U.S. officials hope to identify and address the country’s remaining concerns.

Adult geoduck

New Westport non-profit serves the fishing community

March 14, 2014 Comments off

WEfish, a new non-profit based out of Westport, is hosting a kick-off event set for March 23rd, 4:30pm at the Westport Winery. The event will serve as an open house & sign-up opportunity for those inquiring about the goals of WEfish. The kick-off will host a guest speaker, Michele Longo Eder from Newport, OR. Michele is a commercial fisherman’s wife, and an attorney, who represents fishing families and their interests.

WEfish started in the fall of 2013, when group of individuals began meeting to discuss their interest in supporting the local commercial fishing community in the Westport area. What began as an effort to form a traditional fishermen’s wives association, quickly transformed into an effort to support fishing families & community.

WEfish says that they are an effort to serve the fishing community on a social level with a goal of promoting the economic value of the industry.

While started as a wives association, WEfish is a fishery-wide, non-political group and both men & women are welcome.

WEfish is registered with the state as a non-profit, is working on their 501c tax-exempt status, and is lead by a board of directors and standard by-laws.

For any further information, please contact Molly Bold 360.581.5658, Laura Roehrich 360.589.1440, or email


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