Ever been curious about the ships and yachts off the Central Washington coast and around Puget Sound?
Port pilots, dockworkers, ship spotters, and maritime enthusiasts rely on Ship Finder, an app that identifies commercial vessels and pleasure craft.
You can view the information online or on your smart phone. Track a friend on a ship or boat, or just learn more about the vessels at sea.
The Ship Finder App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. The App works by picking up ship feeds used by commercial and pleasure vessels to transmit their name, position and status. The radio transmissions are sent to internet servers and uploaded onto live data coverage maps. It’s a fun way to see all the traffic on the water.
If you have ever been curious about the ships from around the world or the yachts from afar that travel off the coast of Washington, and Harbor and Puget Sound, this is how you can learn more.
The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores offers ocean front suites are great for spotting vessels at sea.
Olympia – Clam diggers got a green light to proceed with a two-day razor clam dig starting May 2 at Copalis and Mocrocks Beaches, in Ocean Shores.
The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores has long been a favorite of retreat for fans of razor clam digging.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.
The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:
May 2, Saturday; 6:23 a.m., 0.2 feet; Mocrocks (Ocean Shores)
May 3, Sunday; 6:59 a.m., -0.3 feet; Mocrocks (Ocean Shores)
WDFW has also proposed additional digs in May, pending the results of future marine toxin tests.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.go and from license vendors around the state.
During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula, and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.
The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.”
To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.
Tentative upcoming digs
Proposed digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates.
The deadline to submit work for the annual Fine Arts, Photography & Electronic Media Show is Monday, April 20 for the event scheduled for April 24-26 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.
Hand-delivered work accepted at the Ocean Shores Convention Center on both Sunday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Monday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
“Many of our guests love to attend the event, and as artists, are inspired by the natural beauty of the area,” according to Tate Johnson, general manager of The Polynesian Resort, in Ocean Shores.
The show begins on Friday April 24, with a special artist reception Friday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. The theme will be “Beach Time,” and artists will be on hand to perform a “Quick Draw” at 7pm, creating finished pieces that will be up for bid that evening.
The Associated Arts of Ocean Shores will split the proceeds, raising funds to support the Outreach High School Scholarship for 2015 and the purchase of art supplies for North Beach High School Art Program.
If you’d like to attend and have a chance to meet many of the award-winning fine art, photography, electronic media and 3D artists, contact Chris Chappon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (360) 289-5655.