Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary News and Events
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary News and Events
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary News and Events Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary News and Events

Sanctuary News 2016

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Navy Announces Changes To Training In Pacific Northwest
After 4 years, the US Navy has announced that additional training on the Olympic Peninsula and in Pacific Northwest waters will be changing.

The training is scheduled to will take place in waters stretching from Northern California to southeastern Alaska, including the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound.

Less than 2% of proposed training and 15% of proposed testing activities would occur within or immediately adjacent to the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

NOAA B-WET program awards $452,583 to Washington and Oregon organizations for environmental education
NOAA Press Release
NOAA's Pacific Northwest Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program announced $452,583 in awards to Washington and Oregon organizations to assist with community-based environmental education programs. The grants support standards-based, hands-on education activities that promote greater understanding about watersheds, the ocean and protected areas such as NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

Volunteers clear tons of trash from Coastal, Strait beaches
Peninsula Daily News
More than 200 volunteers cleared several tons of debris from more than 50 beaches along the Pacific coast and the Strait of Juan de Fuca during this month’s International Coastal Cleanup, said Washington CoastSavers coordinator Jon Schmidt.

Washington CoastSavers — which oversees cleanups on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and along the Pacific coast — and Puget Soundkeeper — which oversees beaches in the Seattle area — serve as local cleanup coordinators in Washington state.

"It’s wonderful to see the energy of the coastal cleanups continue to grow and expand," said Carol Bernthal, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary superintendent.

The real value of our national-park system is conservation
The Seattle Times - Phillip Levin
On the Olympic Peninsula, the Hoh, Queets, Clearwater and Quinault rivers that flow out of Olympic National Park are some of the last best refuges for Pacific salmon in the contiguous United States. We at The Nature Conservancy are partnering with local communities, for whom these rivers are the heart of their cultural and economic lives. These rivers connect the Olympic mountaintops to the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. By working together, we can create a summit-to-sea system that allows communities, the economy and nature to thrive.

NOAA: Dungeness crab in peril from acidification
Linda V. Mapes
The Dungeness crab fishery could decline West Coastwide, a new study has found, threatening a fishing industry worth nearly a quarter-billion dollars a year.

Scientists at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle found that pH levels likely in West Coast waters by 2100 at current rates of greenhouse-gas pollution would hurt the survivability of crab larvae.

Increasing ocean acidification is predicted to harm a wide range of sea life unable to properly form calcium carbonate shells as the pH drops. Now scientists at the NOAA’s Northwest Fishery Science Center of Seattle also have learned that animals with chitin shells — specifically Dungeness crabs — are affected, because the change in water chemistry affects their metabolism.

Olympic Coast Survey Acquires Data for Multiple Uses
Hydro International
Coastal planners, fishery managers and oceanographic researchers will soon reap seafloor and water-column data from the coast of Washington, USA, as NOAA ship Rainier undertakes a project in the waters within and near the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary this month.

NCCOS-led Collaborative Mapping Supports Washington's Marine Spatial Plan and Sanctuary Science Needs
NCCOS News and Features
This month NCCOS scientists completed two collaborative mapping investigations undertaken to improve Washington State's marine spatial plan and natural resource management of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The investigations are intended to reduce conflicts among ocean users; encourage offshore renewable energy development; facilitate compatible uses; and preserve critical ecosystem services to meet economic, environmental, security, and social objectives.

Plastics dominate debris washing up on state's coastal beaches
Hal Bernton
LONG BEACH, Pacific County — Several times each week, Russ Lewis and a few friends pick up litter that washes ashore on a 7-mile stretch of ocean shoreline, and most of it is plastics of one kind or another. Plastics are one of the most ubiquitous products of the petrochemical industry. One study estimates the oceans receive nearly 6 million to almost 13 million metric tons of plastics each year. This debris takes a huge toll on birds, fish, marine mammals and other sea life, either through entanglement or ingestion of degraded bits and pieces. "It really is a systemic threat to the health of the ocean itself," said Kathryn Sullivan, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who visited Long Beach last week to help mark the 10th anniversary of an agency program that works to combat marine debris.

Marine Sanctuary appoints advisory members
Sequim Gazette
NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary recently announced three new members to serve on its sanctuary advisory council. The newly appointed advisory council members are Michael Barton, education; Thomas Burlingame, fishing; and Cedar Shannon, tourism/economic development alternate.

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