| Jan 24, 2013
| 4:25 PM
This week's column should be titled "Eelgrass for Dummies" — because the topic has been a sticking point around the harbor for years, and we all have to understand it better if we ever want to obtain dredging permits for our docks.
In my column...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 6:35 PM
Federal officials have denied a petition by San Joaquin Valley farmers to drop a small West Coast group of killer whales from the endangered species list.
The refusal represents the latest development in a decade-long legal battle over protections for...
| May 10, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Two federal agencies on Friday announced a major review of how seismic testing for oil and gas deposits affects marine mammals and fish in deep waters off the Gulf of Mexico.
So-called seismic surveys entail blasts from air guns or other ship-borne...
| May 22, 2013
| 7:20 AM
Conservationists are decrying a move by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to loosen what critics say is already a lax restriction on shark finning, the controversial practice of slicing the fins off and discarding the body at sea.
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:10 PM
WASHINGTON — The crabbers are getting, well, crabby.
With the offices of the National Marine Fisheries Service closed because of the federal government shutdown, fishermen have been unable to get permits for the Alaska king crab season, which...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:36 PM
WASHINGTON — Yosemite National Park's visitor centers were open. The barricades at the World War II memorial were down. And the Giant Panda Cam was back on.
Thousands of federal workers returned to their jobs Thursday after Congress passed and...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 3:23 PM
The discovery of a new species of hammerhead shark may sound like bad news for swimmers. But shark bites are rare, and it turns out this may be worse news for sharks.
The shark, as yet unnamed, closely resembles the scalloped hammerhead shark, a species...
| May 27, 2011
| 9:02 AM
The Atlantic bluefin tuna, a fabled sport fish that has sustained a sharp decline to serve the sushi restaurants of Osaka and Tokyo, was rejected Friday for a place on the endangered species list.
Once sought after by Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey and...
| Mar 8, 2011
| 6:26 PM
Time is ticking for the National Marine Fisheries Service to better protect our Puget Sound Orcas from the impacts of vessel traffic.
The Office of Management and Budget is currently reviewing regulations that would make all boats, including whale...
| Feb 22, 2011
Anne Stateler, or Orca Annie as she likes to be called, has spent the last 17 years tracking Southern Resident Killer Whales and recording the sounds they make underwater as they pass her home.
She buried a heavy duty cable under the sand into Puget...
| Nov 9, 2010
This past summer, seven Puget Sound killer whaleswent missing and are presumed dead in what would be the largest decline in the local Orca population in a decade.
There were once hundreds of southern resident Orcas swimming in the waters of Puget Sound...