Puget Sound

Giant Octopus
6:51 am
Tue April 16, 2013

New Protections Proposed For Giant Pacific Octopus in Puget Sound

A giant Pacific octopus on display at the Seattle Aquarium. The species' population is considered healthy in Puget Sound. Public outcry over legal octopus hunting near Seattle's Alki Beach has prompted possible restrictions.
Credit canopic / Flickr

Host Intro: The harvesting of a giant Pacific octopus near Alki Beach in Seattle last October prompted a public outcry. Now the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering new protections for octopuses. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Tidal Power
6:54 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Tidal Power Project In Puget Sound One Step Closer To Approval

A proposal to generate power from Puget Sound tides moved one step closer to approval with the release of a new government review. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Seal Sitters
7:01 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Seal Sitters Ask Beach-Goers To Share The Shore

This young seal pup named Lucy was so thin and sickly looking that she was nearly taken in to a rehab center.
Credit Photo by Katie Campbell / EarthFix

It's common for people strolling the beaches of Puget Sound to encounter a gray lump that turns out to be a seal pup. It's also common for well-meaning people to want to shoo them back into the water -- but this can do more to harass than help. A band of volunteers is making sure that doesn’t happen. Reporting for EarthFix, Katie Campbell explains.

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Oil Trains In Northwest
6:09 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Oil Trains On The Rise In The Northwest

Photo of an oil train in Nenana, Alaska.
Credit Photo Credit: Carl Chapman/Wikimedia Commons

Regulators in the region are weighing the potential impacts of trains full of coal moving along the Columbia River and the shores of Puget Sound. Meanwhile, trains full of Oil are quietly on the rise.

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Northwest Shellfish
6:33 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Ocean Acidification Takes Toll On Northwest Shellfish

Oyster's being harvested.
Credit Photo Credit: Peter Gugerell/Wikimedia Commons

Governor Chris Gregoire has just released a long awaited report on ocean acidification.

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Pudget Sound Pollution
6:22 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Puget Sound Ports Curb Emissions

Photo of a Washington State ferry in the Puget Sound.
Credit Photo Credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

Air pollution from the major shipping ports in Puget Sound has decreased, according to a new report released Tuesday.

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Washington Governor Strategy
6:22 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Even With No Electoral College, Statewide Races Have Math To Victory

Photo of Washington State Seal.
Photo Credit: U.S. Government/Wikimedia Commons

In the presidential race, we hear a lot about the electoral map and the math to winning the presidency. It’s all about swing states like Ohio and Florida. At the state level, there’s no electoral college. The candidate with the most votes wins. But there’s still a formula for victory.

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Fire Interferes With Salmon Spawning
6:09 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Fire In Western Wash. Raises Fears For Spawning Salmon

Photo of Johns Creek.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A fire that burned roughly 250 acres in Mason County two weeks ago has been put out. Now biologists are concerned about the potential impacts on local salmon runs.

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Arctic Oil Drilling
6:01 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Shell Delays Arctic Oil Drilling Until 2013

The Arctic Challenger on the Bellingham waterfront in August.
Photo by John Ryan Northwest News Network

Problems in Puget Sound have led Shell Oil to cancel its plans for drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean this year. KUOW's John Ryan reports from the Bellingham waterfront.

The Arctic Challenger is Shell's oil-spill containment barge. It's here behind me at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal. It's supposed to be in place in the Arctic to help mop up any oil spills. It's been under construction here at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal for months.

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People for Puget Sound
6:55 am
Wed September 12, 2012

People For Puget Sound Is Shutting Its Doors

Photo Credit: John Ryan

One of Washington's largest environmental groups is shutting down. People for Puget Sound announced it will close its doors at the end of the month.

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