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Waypoint Marine Test Drive Event this Weekend
Waypoint Marine‘s popular test-drive event will return to Lake Washington on Saturday April 2, 2016. The event, now in its second year, allows prospective boat owners to take one of a number of craft for an on-the-water test drive. Advance registration is required and more details are available here.
One Week Remains to Salmon University IX
One week remains to register for Salmon University’s ninth annual saltwater fishing seminar in Kent, Washington. Anglers wanting to discover why the Spokesman-Review has said Salmon University could “improve your saltwater fishing savvy” can register for either the one-day ($88) or two-day ($150) course, which cover topics including halibut, tuna, salmon, destinations, marine technology, and more. A complete list of instructors, details, as well as registration instructions, is available here.
CCA Reacts to Annual NOAA Report
In response to the release of the annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) “Status of U.S. Fisheries” report, the Washington chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) writes:
… there is no economic information for the recreational fishery in the report. If one digs deep enough on the NOAA Fisheries site, one will find a study of the independent bait and tackle shops’ economic impact in 2013. This came out to be an economic contribution of $2.3 billion. However, this just measured a subset of the overall tackle industry. Going back a little further, NOAA Fisheries did produce an overall economic valuation of the recreational fishing industry in 2011. This study showed an economic value of $23.4 billion. In the words of the late Senator Everett Dirksen, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you are talking about real money.” Well, $23.4 billion is real money and happens to be many times the value stated for the commercial industry. If it were recalculated in 2015 dollars, it would be even more.
Princess Announces Summer 2016 Alaska “Cook My Catch” Sailings
Princess Cruises has assigned six ships for its summer 2016 Alaska cruise season, the company this week announced. The Princess “Voyages of the Glaciers” itinerary will be offered on Coral Princess, Star Princess and Island Princess between Whittier (Anchorage) and Vancouver, B.C.; while cruises through the Inside Passage, with its ever-changing scenery from picturesque shores to quaint coastal towns, will be offered aboard Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess from Seattle and Grand Princess from San Francisco. All of the “Voyages of the Glaciers” sailings include the “Cook My Catch” program, where travelers return from daytime fishing excursions to have the ship’s chef prepare their catch that evening for dinner.