Healthy Seas

Action Alert: Recent Salish Sea Salmon Spill

by Friends of the San Juans on August 30, 2017 No comments

You may already have heard that up to 305,000 Atlantic salmon escaped into the Salish Sea last week when a Cooke Aquaculture fish farm near Cypress Island broke apart. We’re writing to let you know what you can do to prevent this sort of thing in the future and avoid the spread of diseases and parasites to our wild salmon.

Another concern is how this will impact regional fisheries. The Lummi Nation is in a state of emergency following this accident. Lummi Fisheries have been catching thousands of Atlantic salmon alongside wild Pacific salmon, but officials still believe many of the invasive fish are already on their way to spawn in local streams and rivers. As of August 28, tribal fishermen have hauled in at least 200,000 pounds of invasive Atlantic salmon since the emergency declaration.

Click here to read more about the accident from Indian Country Today.

So, what to do?

Ask Washington State to protect our shared waters and resources from risky fish farming! First, thank Governor Inslee for directing the Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) to adopt a moratorium on new permits for net pens. You can find an email portal at: http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message. This positive step will give time to determine whether Atlantic salmon net pens can be operated safely in our open, public waters.

Second, contact Governor Inslee and Ecology to let them know that no new net pens should be permitted unless they can be scientifically-guaranteed not to spill non-native species into our waters, spread diseases, parasites or pollution, or otherwise harm our wild Pacific Northwest salmon. Ecology and partner agencies are currently preparing for expanded fish farming in our public waters. At the end of 2016, they began developing recommendations for permitting, siting, monitoring, and regulating net pens in Washington waters. So if you are concerned about future impacts from farmed Atlantic salmon, then write to the Department of Ecology, c/o Cedar Bouta (CEBO461@ecy.wa.gov), and let them know your opinion.

Learn more:

Click here to learn more about net pen issues and other ways to take action from Our Sound, Our Salmon.

Thank you for your voice and support!

Photo above from Vimeo/Wild Fish Conservancy. Still from video showing the broken pens from the fish farm off Cypress Island in the Salish Sea.

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Read about The Tar Sands Threat to Northwest Waters

by Katie Fleming on May 25, 2017 No comments

Sightline’s new article, The Tar Sands Threat to Northwest Waters, by Friends board member Michael Riordan, explains how the Kinder Morgan Pipeline threatens all of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.

“Every week another barge or tanker traverses the narrow straits through the San Juan Islands north of Seattle, bearing a cargo of tar-sands crude or other heavy oils from Canada, headed for refineries in Washington and California. But the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project approved in late 2016 by the government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threatens to make such transits daily occurrences, thus increasing many-fold the chances of a major oil spill in the Salish Sea and other Pacific Northwest waters.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety: http://www.sightline.org/2017/05/22/the-tar-sands-threat-to-northwest-waters/

Image above shows the results of computer simulations depicting how a major oil spill at the BC Ferry crossing would have spread in the summer of 2012. Adapted by Shaun Hubbard from Kinder Morgan report.
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Action Alert: Comment on the Oil Transportation Safety Bill!

by Friends of the San Juans on January 29, 2017 No comments

The 2017 Legislative Session is now in full swing and oil transportation is a hot issue. Despite the critical gains around public disclosure and preparedness measures, significant gaps remain that put our communities and waterways at risk of an oil spill or other such disaster.

In response, Representative Farrell (46th) and Senator Carlyle (36th) introduced the Oil Transportation Safety bill (HB 1611 / SB 5462). Highlights of the bill include:

  • Ensuring the oil industry pays in the case of a spill or other disaster;
  • Updating the funding for prevention, preparedness and response;
  • Protecting Puget Sound and the Salish Sea from increased oil barges and other vessels from the Kinder Morgan Pipeline;
  • Protecting against refineries turning into transshipment terminals; and
  • Strengthening oversight of pipeline safety.

This is a great time to engage and show your support!

Two hearings have been scheduled on the bill – Thursday, February 2nd at 10 a.m. in the Senate and the following Monday, February 6th at 1:30 p.m. in the House.

You can also call the committee members (at the numbers below) and tell them that this is a key piece of legislation they should support. Click here to send an email to your legislators as well.

The Oil Transportation Safety Bill is a key step to holding the oil industry accountable and ensures that Washingtonians are put first.

Given the Trump Administration’s support of the oil industry, it is now more important than ever to make sure that we here in Washington are holding the line against fossil fuels. We can do this!

We will also be talking about the oil transportation safety bill in person at the Salish Sea Stands on Capitol Hill Day on February 13 – join us there too! There will be a shuttle bus for islanders from Anacortes. Click here for more details about the 13th.

Senate Energy, Environment, Telecommunications Committee (for SB5 5462):

Senator Ericksen; (42), 360-786-7682doug.ericksen@leg.wa.gov

Senator Sheldon: (35), 360-786-7668tim.sheldon@leg.wa.gov

Senator Carlyle; (36), 360-786 – 7670Reuven.carlyle@leg.wa.gov

Senator Brown; (8), 360-786-7614sharon.brown@leg.wa.gov

Senator Hobbs; (44), 360-786-7686steve.hobbs@leg.wa.gov

Senator Honeyford; (15) 360-786 – 7684, jim.honeyford@leg.wa.gov

Senator Ranker; (40) 360-786- 7678, kevin.ranker@leg.wa.gov

Senator Wellman; (41) 360-786- 7641, lisa.wellman@leg.wa.gov

 

House Environment Committee (for HB 1611):

Rep. Fitzgibbon (34), (360) 786-7952joe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Peterson (21), (360) 786-7950strom.peterson@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Shea (4), (360) 786-7984matt.shea@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Short (7), (360) 786-7908shelly.short@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Dye (9), (360) 786-7942mary.dye@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Fey (27), (360) 786-7974Jake.fey@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Kagi (32), (360) 786-7910ruth.kagi@leg.wa.gov

Rep. McBride (48), (360) 786-7848joan.mcbride@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Taylor (15), (360) 786-7874david.taylor@leg.wa.gov

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The Salish Sea, a Vessel Highway?

by Friends of the San Juans on August 28, 2016 No comments

If all the new and expanding terminal and refinery projects in the Salish Sea are permitted and developed, including projects that became operational in 2014, Vessel transit mapthere would be a 43% increase in large, commercial marine vessel traffic.

FRIENDS and San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping have released the Salish Sea Vessel Traffic Projections featuring 18 new or expanded proposed or recently completed projects, which cumulatively would add an additional 5,300 annual vessel transits to and fromports in British Columbia and Washington State.

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Friends of the San JuansThe Salish Sea, a Vessel Highway?