Sanctuary News 2017
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March 31, 2017
Registration open for Washington Coast Cleanup
Peninsula daily News
Registration is open now for the Washington Coast Cleanup on April 29.
Every April for the past 10 years, Washington CoastSavers and its partners and volunteers have cleaned up what the winter storms have brought in.
"Usually this effort is done on the Saturday closest to Earth Day," which is April 22, "but this year, the tides are high on Earth Day morning, so we're cleaning the beach the following Saturday," said Jon Schmidt, CoastSavers coordinator.
"Nobody likes to look at marine debris, especially on our wilderness coastline," said Carol Bernthal, superintendent of the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary.
"For wildlife, it’s not just ugly; it can kill. This is a chance to make a difference, joining with a thousand other people who share that goal."
March 27, 2017
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary appoints new members to advisory council
Peninsula Daily News
PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary has announced two new members and two returning members to serve on its sanctuary advisory council.
The newly appointed members to the advisory council, which operates under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are Katie Krueger as citizen-at-large (primary) and Allison Mahaney as citizen-at-large (alternate).
Jan Newton, Ph.D. (primary), and Tom Mumford, Ph.D. (alternate), were reappointed as research representatives for another three-year term.
"We were very impressed by the quality of applicants interested in joining and becoming part of the advisory council," said Carol Bernthal, sanctuary superintendent.
March 24, 2017
Feiro Marine Life Center, Planned Waterfront Facility to Share Campus
Peninsula Daily News
Williams said the new Feiro center could join forces with the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary at the Oak Street site.
In recent years, Feiro and the sanctuary have considered creating a downtown Marine Discovery Center — most recently in a failed 2014 attempt with an Alaska developer on the same property that Feiro is closer than ever to occupying.
Sanctuary Superintendent Carol Bernthal said Wednesday that the sanctuary, which operates out of Port Angeles under the aegis of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is not planning to move out of The Landing mall next to City Pier but could add visitor and educational components to Feiro’s new Oak Street site.
March 22, 2017
Guest Column: Forty thousand pounds of trash on state's coastal beaches
On one morning in April of last year, over 1,400 volunteers came together to remove more than 20 tons of trash from at least 50 beaches during the Washington Coast Cleanup. Unfortunately, this was not an extreme amount of debris found on beaches from Cape Disappointment to Cape Flattery. It was a unique day because of the amount of people focused on addressing the problem of plastic pollution.
Every spring, thousands of pounds of plastic, rope, bottles, foam and other junk wash up on the beaches of Washington State. Carol Bernthal, superintendent of the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary, invites volunteers to help with this year’s Washington Coast Cleanup: “Nobody likes to look at marine debris, especially on our wilderness coastline. For wildlife, it’s not just ugly, it can kill. This is a chance to make a difference, joining with a thousand other people who share that goal.”
March 1, 2017
Beachcombers Fun Fair features whale of a guest this year
Scott D. Johnson
North Coast News
The biggest guest in the 30-year history of Ocean Shores’ Beachcombers Fun Fair will dominate the Convention Center as the unique event returns this weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
"Big Mama" is a life-sized, inflatable humpback whale that makes up a traveling educational exhibit sponsored by the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is 40 long, 37 feet wide at the fins, and over 6 feet tall. The design allows people to actually enter the inflated whale as part of the experience.
February 17, 2017
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Washington's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary supports jobs, boosts regional businesses.
41 percent of state households visited the region
Visitors to NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and the immediate area boosted the region's economy with $102 million in spending, supporting nearly 1,200 jobs and generating $46 million in local income for business owners and employees in 2014, according to a NOAA analysis using the most recent figures available.