Mar 042011

Frank Dulcich, Pacific Seafoods

Attorneys who sued Weyerhaeuser for violating federal antitrust laws and won, have filed a class action lawsuit against Pacific Seafood, and its owner Frank Dulcich, claiming more than 3,000 potential plaintiffs, seeking half billion dollars in damages and an order forcing Dulcich to sell off much of his resources in four fisheries, from boats to processing plants.

The story is in the Eugene Register Guard: Click here

Shortly after this story appeared, another one emerged in the Coos Bay World, showing that the suit is far from being a slam-dunk. Click Here

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 Posted by at 12:01 AM
Mar 012011

Scotland-based Aquamarine Power, as well as other wave energy firms, may be hitting a rather large speed bump as they try to transform portions of Oregon’s near-shore coastlines into power generating stations.

Immediately after an Aquamarine Power spokeswoman outlined her company’s plans to begin wave testing this Summer and to be actively generating power with their “Oyster 2″ system by 2013, the Newport Planning Commission, the Lincoln County Planning Commission and several natural resource managers suggested Aquamarine’s timeline might be a bit too ambitious. They said state and local officials need to carefully assess the impacts any green energy generation may have on the coast, including commercial and sports fishing, tourism, recreation and scenic preservation.

Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association Executive Director Onno Husing urged Aquamarine and the planning commissions to recognize that the next year will be critical as coastal city and county officials and their residents begin to formulate a plan to account for environmental and economic impacts any development may have on the coast, including green energy production. He raised the issue of Aquamarine constructing a series of half-mile long arrays of their “Oyster 2″ energy generators in 35 to 45 feet of water. Onno asked what impacts might that have on crab fishing or sports fishing? How would a number of these wave energy machines lining the coastlline change the scenic values of the Oregon Coast? Change erosion or beach sand patterns? And what about wave energy equipment failure or maintenance issues? What would the timelines be for repair and/or removal of equipment?

Husing and others urged Aquamarine and all other green-energy ocean operations to wait until the state’s near-shore master plan is complete which is estimated to be at least a year away. He said it would be in everyone’s interest to slow things down so no one gets painfully surprised when the final plan comes out. Likewise, he said, the plan may provide energy development opportunities that no one’s thought about.

The planning commissions were urged to prompt the Newport City Council and the Lincoln County Commission to elicit public input and to contribute to the state’s near-shore master planning process.

Both commissions appeared to agree with that suggestion.

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 Posted by at 12:03 AM
Jan 082011

The fisheries chief for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has declared that after years of regulation and catch limits, American commercial and sports fishing industries are no longer overfishing the seas off U.S. coastlines. After making that declaration, many commercial fishers lamented that many colleagues and young people trying to get into the industry have fallen by the wayside, needlessly. And they’re still not certain about the future.

The story is in the Eugene Register Guard but focuses on northeast coast fisheries. Click here

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 Posted by at 11:25 PM
Nov 122010

Cape Perpetua, south of Yachats

The long, drawn out, and heavily debated issue of how best to preserve our Oregon coastline and the waters off shore, is being carried forward to the state legislature. A very brief update on where things are is in today’s edition of the Oregonian:

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 Posted by at 3:12 PM
Sep 282010

Onna Husing, “Land use zoning for the ocean”

When you look seaward from Newport, you see endless ocean clear to the horizon. But on that horizon there are people mapping and planning the future of Oregon coastal waters. Not only out to the state’s territorial three mile marker, but far beyond. They are zoning the sea like cities zone their lands. Uses A, B, and C for this area, and X, Y, Z for over there. No doing C,D and F over here, and no T,U and V way over there. Add in terms like commercial fishing, dredge deposits, wave energy farms, aquatic and aviary habitat protection, whale watching, surfing and scuba diving and you start to get the picture.

Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association’s Onno Husing told the Newport Port Commission Tuesday night that although this “zoning” approach has made a lot of coastal people nervous, he assured them “It’s a good thing. We’re all about to learn a lot more about our coast and its waters that go out for many miles.” Continue reading »

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 Posted by at 10:31 PM
Aug 062010

The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued its long awaited series of options on how to give wild salmon a leg up on survival by cutting back the production of their hatchery competitors.
Here’s the link to the Oregonian article on what’s at stake:

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 Posted by at 1:26 PM
Jul 052010

Dr. Bruce Mate and others from OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute and other scientists from leading oceanographic institutes around the country, are aboard the NOAA research ship Gordon Gunter in the Gulf of Mexico, trying to determine how endangered Sperm and other whales in the Gulf are being affected by British Petroleum’s huge oil spill from the explosion and collapse of their “Deepwater Horizon” oil platform.

Dr. Mate, world renown for his research on Sperm whale behavior through animal tagging and satellite tracking, will help supervise the tagging of whales and then monitoring their movements to determine their aversion to the millions of gallons of crude oil spewing from the ocean floor where once stood the huge drilling platform. Continue reading »

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Jun 292010

The popular and somewhat influential Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Seafood Watch Guide” is advising salmon lovers to avoid wild-caught salmon from Oregon and California. Their wallet-sized card that many people reference while buying fish claim the salmon populations up and down the coast from the Sacramento River to the north Oregon Coast are so small that buyers need to send a message to fishery managers that they should never have opened up the season to commercial fishing. This year is the first year in nearly three years that the California and Oregon salmon fishery has been opened, very restricted, but re-opened. Continue reading »

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Jun 262010

Aqua Bounty

Photo provided by Aqua Bounty Technologies

A company called Aqua Bounty Technologies is about to learn from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) whether it will be allowed to sell fish eggs that are genetically engineered to produce fish-farm Atlantic Salmon that grow twice as fast as wild Atlantic Salmon.  In a New York Times article this week, it is reported that nearly all Atlantic Salmon sold in fish  markets and grocery stores come from fish farms. Continue reading »

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Jun 252010

King Salvage near Toledo

Provided by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

DEQ Issues $30,363 in Penalties to Newport Man for Continued Environmental Violations at King Salvage Wrecking Yard off Highway 20 between Newport and Toledo.

Robert Earl Mobley failed to heed previous order to remove waste tires and solid waste, and failed to clean up oil spills on property

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a total of $30,362.50 in penalties to Robert Earl Mobley, doing business as King Salvage Co., for continued environmental violations at his King Salvage auto wrecking and salvage facility at 109 King Place near Newport. This penalty comes about a year after DEQ had issued Mobley $32,396 in penalties for previous violations at the site. Mobley has failed to pay any of those 2009 penalties. Continue reading »
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