Salish Sea Archives - Salish Current

An Earth Day event in the rediscovery of hope

April 17, 2024
Ted Huffman

Commentary: Sacred Earth event planned to bring the communities of Bellingham together

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Tribal right to fish in ‘usual and accustomed’ areas comes with complexity

February 23, 2024
Richard Arlin Walker

Tribal treaty rights to fish in usual and accustomed fishing areas have had unintended consequences.

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A tale of two kinds of whales

January 19, 2024
Monika Wieland Shields

Commentary: Why we have two distinct populations of killer whales that frequent our local waters.

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Storming the Sound for 25 years: what’s next for the grassroots event?

January 18, 2024
Rena Kingery

Pivotal moment: Founders and attendees of an annual Salish Sea environmental education conference are looking to the next 25 years.

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Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project is a looming environmental disaster

November 20, 2023
Roger Emsley

Commentary: What started as a single man-made pod in the estuary is now a massive port complex with both coal and three-berth container terminals and many trains daily.

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State-mandated tree clearings will not improve wildfire resiliency

November 7, 2023
Michael Feerer

Commentary: The State Building Code Council’s proposed wildfire defensible space rules should be withdrawn.

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Managing tourism at core of destination plan controversy

October 29, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

Undocumented claims, local rants and raves are rolling in as the comment deadline nears for San Juan County’s Draft Destination Management Plan.

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Lopez Island ‘most special place’ to be held in local control

October 24, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

Watmough Bay Higgins property management discussions raise issues of tribal, federal co-management.

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Myriad major threats to Salish Sea in proposed BC port terminal expansion

October 19, 2023
Derek Moscato

Commentary: It’s time for residents across the Salish Sea region to come together and holistically assess long-term implications of a historically significant infrastructure project proposed at Roberts Bank in Lower British Columbia.

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Could selling sewage save the Salish Sea?

September 29, 2023
John Stang / Crosscut

Waste flushed into Puget Sound harms fish and marine life. A nutrient pricing system — like Washington’s cap-and-trade program — may curb pollution.

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Locals in small operation take on ‘tall order’ in marine ecosystem

September 22, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

Volunteer power is channeled into marine conservation by the Northwest Straits Initiative.

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Beach eggs

August 23, 2023
Wendy Feltham

A photographer provides an up-close and personal look at eggs found on beaches in or near Port Townsend.

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R2AK: North by Northwest

June 9, 2023
Ross Anderson

The annual wind- or human-powered — no engines — Race to Alaska is becoming a quintessential Northwest experience.

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Senate bill changing vessel-orca distance moves forward

April 14, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

Keeping our distance from the whales: 1,000-yard rule for all vessels passes both Washington houses.

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Modern conservation corps meshes care for land, health for youths

April 13, 2023
Gretchen K. Wing

Youth Conservation Corps in the Salish Sea region offer a prescription for youths’ mental, cultural and spiritual health — and a means to care for the land.

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How much of orca decline is in their DNA?

December 9, 2022
Kai Uyehara

Southern Resident killer whales are beset by the threats of diminished prey, chemical pollution, loss of habitat, and underwater noise. Can DNA research help toward their recovery?

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