Federal Court Again Rejects Columbia Basin Salmon/Steelhead Recovery Plan; Orders New BiOp By 2018
May 6, 2016, Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife News
A federal court this week rejected much of the federal government’s recovery plan for Columbia River salmon and steelhead — the 2014 NOAA Fisheries biological opinion for the Federal Columbia River Power System — and gave federal agencies almost two years to come back with a new and improved version that complies with federal environmental laws.
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The long view: Waterman Pier returns
Tristan Baurick, May 19, 2016, Kitsap Sun
The shiny Waterman Pier of today is a far cry from the sagging collection of pilings and planks that last year looked ready to crumble into the waves.
“It had gone from bad to worse to horrible,” Jack McCarn, a commissioner with the Port of Waterman, said of the popular fishing pier on Beach Drive near Port Orchard.
Visit Kitsap Peninsula receives Port of Seattle tourism grant
May 19, 2016, Port Orchard Independent
The Port of Seattle announced nearly $100,000 in grants this week to support tourism across Washington, including $10,000 to Visit Kitsap Peninsula to create an international portal to the organization’s website.
Visit Kitsap Peninsula Executive Director Patricia Graf-Hoke said the idea came from local hoteliers, who are seeing an influx of international travelers, particularly from Japan and China. VKP will work with Port of Seattle staff to identify the languages into which travel resources, information and recommendations will be translated.
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Maritime rule may slow ports
Dan Wheat, May 19, 2016, Capital Press
Slowdowns could plague West Coast seaports again depending on how terminal operators, ocean carriers and shippers handle a new maritime rule, the head of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition says.
So far several East Coast terminal operators are following a U.S. Coast Guard declaration and weighing containers with cargo to take the onus off shippers (exporters and importers) but the West Coast is not following that lead so far, said Peter Friedmann, AgTC executive director in Washington, D.C.
A lot of West Coast ports are leased to private terminal operators who apparently are considering their options, said Tara Mattina, spokeswoman for Northwest Seaport Alliance that manages marine cargo facilities for the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.