Crowd says no go to proposed orca rules

Crowd says no go to proposed orca rules

Fishers, whale watch operators, recreational boaters and conservationists turned out in force Wednesday night to oppose a federal plan to protect killer whales by closing off 6.2 square miles of water off San Juan Island each year. A standing room-only crowd of more than 200 packed a room at the Seattle Aquarium to discuss a […]

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It's fall, and the fishing is easy

It’s fall, and the fishing is easy

Summer might be over, but the fishing definitely isn’t. Anglers are flocking to the upper Columbia River and its tributaries to catch hatchery-reared steelhead, and will soon be able to fish for blackmouth, chum and sturgeon in various areas. And five ocean beaches are tentatively scheduled to open in mid-October for the first razor-clam dig of […]

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Feds may expand restrictions to keep people away from whales

Feds may expand restrictions to keep people away from whales

New restrictions are being considered to keep the Northwest’s whale population from being loved to death by everyone from kayakers to whale-watching tourists. The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing a 200-yard barrier — double the current barrier — between boats and migrating whales and closing off a half-mile-wide no-go zone along the west side […]

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Rivers open for hatchery steelhead fishing

Hatchery steelhead fisheries are now open on the upper Columbia, Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, Methow and Okanogan rivers. In addition, the Similkameen River will open to hatchery steelhead fishing Nov. 1. The daily limit for anglers on all the rivers is four adipose fin-clipped hatchery steelhead measuring at least 20 inches in length. Steelhead with an intact […]

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Wheelchair-accessible fishing site opens at Hoodsport Hatchery

Construction was recently completed on a new wheelchair-accessible fishing site at Hoodsport Hatchery, on the southern end of Hood Canal. The site, engineered and developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, includes a ramp, grated walkways and a new fishing platform with a gate, fencing, handrails and fishing slots. Only people with disabilities […]

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Sailing on a piece of Northwest history

Sailing on a piece of Northwest history

It’s rare for me to even consider skipping off work on a weekday. Running Three Sheets is a very busy full-time job, and there’s invariably something that needs to get done. The level of guilt triggered by playing hooky on a weekday is extreme. But passing up an opportunity to get out on the water […]

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Nuke detectors checking small vessels on Puget Sound

Nuke detectors checking small vessels on Puget Sound

Imagine a boat pulling up to the Seattle waterfront and lighting off a radioactive “dirty bomb” – or worse, an actual nuclear weapon. That’s the nightmare scenario behind a new effort to scan small boats, including recreational vessels, for radioactive and nuclear materials that could be used in terrorist attacks.  Puget Sound is at the forefront of […]

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Sailing needs a lifeline, says new book

Sailing needs a lifeline, says new book

Does sailing need to be saved? Nicholas Hayes thinks so. A sailor and business consultant who lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin, Hayes is the author of “Saving Sailing.”  The book, to be released Oct. 1, posits that participation in sailing has declined precipitously—dropping 70 percent since 1979—and that an intervention is needed to ensure it continues […]

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