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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 KXRO.com

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 wefish.washington@gmail.com

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Looking back and looking forward from Japanese tsunami

March 11, 2014 Comments off

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the Japanese earthquake & tsunami, and Japan is still searching for answers on what to do with the evacuees and the climbing rates of suicide of those affected.

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami with waves as high as 133 feet. More than 15,000 people died and about 6,000 were injured.

According to Northwest Cable News, scientists are reporting that very low levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster will likely reach ocean waters along the West Coast next month.

“The models show it will reach north of Seattle first, then move down the coast,” said Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

A report presented last week at a conference of the American Geophysical Union’s Ocean Sciences Section showed that some Cesium 134 has already has arrived in Canada, in the Gulf of Alaska area.

Current models predict that the radiation will be at extremely low levels that won’t harm humans or the environment, said Buesseler.

But Buesseler and other scientists are calling for more monitoring. No federal agency currently samples Pacific Coast seawater for radiation, he said.

“I’m not trying to be alarmist,” Buesseler said. “We can make predictions, we can do models. But unless you have results, how will we know it’s safe?”

By the time it gets here, the material will be so diluted as to be almost negligible, the models predict.

Washington does not test ocean water for radiation.

“We have none happening now and we have none planned,” said Tim Church, communications director for the Washington State Department of Health. “Typically that would be something that would happen on the federal level.”

So far, results are in for two locations in Washington and three in California. They show that the plume has not yet reached the coast.

Meanwhile, West Coast states are winding down their tsunami debris response efforts.

If that doesn’t change, officials likely will disband a task force that was mobilized to deal with the debris.

Last year, Washington suspended its marine debris reporting hotline.

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Categories: Harbor News, KXRO Outdoors

More clam digging opportunities announced

March 7, 2014 Comments off

Razor clam diggers will have a few more beaches to consider in late March and April, following a decision by state shellfish managers to add digs to a list of dates previously announced.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is planning new digs at Copalis and Mocrocks in April, based on recently updated harvest estimates showing a sufficient number of clams in those areas to support additional openings.

“After last weekend’s opener, we still have ample clams to provide additional digging opportunities for those beaches,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager.

Final approval on upcoming digs will be announced after marine-toxin test results confirm the clams are safe to eat.

The first added new digging opportunity will be at Long Beach on March 31, which is also the last day that a 2013-14 fishing license is valid. Beginning April 1, diggers age 15 or older must have a 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams.

Licenses are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

The department also scheduled additional digs at Mocrocks and Copalis beaches in mid-April.

“Openings in late April and May will be announced after we evaluate harvest levels again next month,” Ayres said.

Proposed digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides (newly added digs are in bold):

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

A 2014 license is required for the following digs:
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
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

No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon beginning March 30 with the seasonal switch to morning tides.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

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Categories: Harbor News, KXRO Outdoors

Coastal salmon forecast looks positive

March 4, 2014 Comments off

Salmon fishing in the ocean this summer could be great thanks to an abundant run of hatchery coho and a potentially historic return of chinook, according to state fishery managers.

The forecasts – developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian tribes – for chinook, coho, sockeye and chum salmon were released at a public meeting in Olympia, marking the starting point for developing 2014 salmon-fishing seasons.

Ron Warren, fisheries policy lead for WDFW, said protecting and restoring weak wild salmon populations will continue to be the top priority as fishery managers develop salmon seasons.

“It’s early in the process, but these forecasts point to an exciting summer of salmon fishing,” Warren said. “We look forward to working with our tribal co-managers and constituents to establish fishing opportunities on abundant runs of hatchery salmon while ensuring we meet our conservation goals for wild fish populations.”

This year’s forecasts include a return of more than 1.6 million Columbia River fall chinook salmon – which would be the largest since record-keeping began in 1938. A return of nearly 1 million Columbia River coho salmon is expected back this summer as well.

“This certainly could be a banner year for summer salmon fisheries, particularly off the Washington coast and in the Columbia River,” Warren said.

The strong return of Columbia River salmon should boost fisheries in the ocean this year.

About 225,000 lower river hatchery chinook are expected back this season, 35,000 more fish than last year’s return. Those salmon, known as “tules,” are the backbone of the recreational ocean chinook fishery.

The abundant coho salmon return projected for the Columbia River will contribute to fisheries off the coast of Washington as well, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon fishery manager for WDFW.

“This is the first time in more than a decade we have had exceptionally strong forecasts for chinook and coho in the same year,” Milward said. “That’s good news for anglers because those abundant runs could result in higher catch quotas for both species this summer in the ocean.”

State, tribal and federal fishery managers will meet March 8-13 in Sacramento with the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) to develop options for this year’s commercial and recreational ocean chinook and coho salmon fisheries. The PFMC establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast.

Additional public meetings have been scheduled through March to discuss regional fishery issues. Input from these regional discussions will be considered as the season-setting process moves into the “North of Falcon” and PFMC meetings, which will determine the final 2014 salmon seasons.

The PFMC is expected to adopt the final ocean fishing seasons and harvest levels at its April 5-10 meeting in Vancouver.

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