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Ocean Report

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

A couple of items on things oceanic came to my attention this week.

NYT had a story on collapse of the cod fishery:

The Shocking News About Cod

The ideal fish for human consumption would mature quickly and reproduce in staggering numbers.

Courtesy Wiki Commons NOAA

This does not describe the Atlantic cod. Cod mature late — at 4 to 6 years old — and they can live as long as 25 years. Female cod do, in fact, produce astonishing numbers of eggs. But older cod lay two or three times as many eggs as younger cod. This means that a healthy cod population must include relatively large numbers of older fish.

For Op-Ed, follow @nytopinion and to hear from the editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, follow @andyrNYT.

A recent survey of cod catches in Northern Europe shows exactly the opposite. Extrapolating from survey numbers, scientists at a British government fisheries agency estimate that there are nearly 200 million 1-year-old cod in the North Sea but only 18 million 3-year-olds. As for older cod, the numbers are shocking. The survey team estimates that in 2011 there were only 600 12- to 13-year-old cod, a third of which were caught, and not a single fish older than 13 has been caught in the past year.

Read the whole article? Important stuff.

Paul Pickett in Oly shared this new NOAA app that shows sea level rise and coastal impacts. We have been talking in Oly about actions by the Washington State Department of Ecology. DOE has blocked a shoreline plan in Jefferson County that prohibited pen fish farming. This is the industrial practice of raising fish such as Atlantic salmon in pens. We don’t healthy fisheries if we can raise fish to eat in pens. Ecology is also stepping in on the the Olympia shoreline plan in ways that may help the Port of Olympia and thwart environmental action that has wide public support. We are talking in Olympia about how regulatory agencies can be captured by the industries they regulate and what we can do about it.

I think we have to ask the right question and that question is “why would regulatory agencies thwart reasonable environmental actions?” The answer is profit, capitalism; economic interests are in control and dictate to us all. Disaster capitalism. Disaster, capitalism. Disaster. Capitalism.

Here is the sea level rise app. NOAA is not a regulatory agency per ser, more of a pure science agency. It’s harder to capture science agencies than it is to capture regulatory agencies who are able to weigh science against economic interests.

It’s kind of tragic and ironic that we are both depleting the ocean and increasing the ocean’s coverage of the planet at the same time. The Greenland ice cap is melting. Start looking hard at the sea level rise application and plan accordingly. There are going to be some opportunities for profit in the coming troubles.

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer

NOAA Coastal Services Center


  • Displays potential future sea levels
  • Provides simulations of sea level rise at local landmarks
  • Communicates the spatial uncertainty of mapped sea levels
  • Models potential marsh migration due to sea level rise
  • Overlays social and economic data onto potential sea level rise
  • Examines how tidal flooding will become more frequent with sea level rise


View the current status of the tool.

Being able to visualize potential impacts from sea level rise is a powerful teaching and planning tool, and the Sea Level Rise Viewer brings this capability to coastal communities. A slider bar is used to show how various levels of sea level rise will impact coastal communities. Completed areas include Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Florida, and Georgia, with additional coastal counties to be added in the near future. Visuals and the accompanying data and information cover sea level rise inundation, uncertainty, flood frequency, marsh impacts, and socioeconomics.

Launch Now


The NOAA Coastal Services Center would like to acknowledge those organizations that provided direct content used in this tool or feedback, ideas, and reviews over the course of the tool’s development. Specifically the Center would like to acknowledge the following groups.

Here is the link to the main page for this NOAA app.

Verdict in Rachel Corrie trial next week. Be there – Traditions on Wednesday at 6:30

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Verdict in Rachel Corrie Lawsuit to be Announced August 28th – Family to Hold Press Conference in Haifa

This is a big deal in Olympia because so many of us are connected to the Corrie family. You are not forgotten, RachelRachel was a well-known Oly activist. She was loved, she is missed. Rachel’s death in the occupied territories of Palestine welded the communities of Olympia and Rafah together


The verdict will be announced on the 28th in Haifa. On Wednesday, Aug 29th, we will have a video conference call with Craig and Cindy Corrie at Traditions Cafe at 6:30 pm. I hope that many of you will be able to join us at Traditions next Wednesday to support Craig and Cindy and to pay your respects to Rachel.

Here is a link the Rachel Corrie Foundation website if you want to know more. Here is an update and some background from the Corrie family:

Posted in News and Updates, Trial, Trial Press Releases on August 21, 2012 by .


(Haifa, Israel – August 21, 2012) – The verdict in the civil lawsuit against the State of Israel for the killing of peace activist Rachel Corrie over nine years ago will be announced August 28, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. at the Haifa District Court.

Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American from Olympia, Washington, was crushed to death March 16, 2003, by an Israeli military Caterpillar D9-R bulldozer while nonviolently protesting demolition of Palestinian civilian homes in Rafah, Gaza.

Download: English (pdf, 289.14 kB) العربية (pdf, 395.01 kB) עִבְרִית (pdf, 459.65 kB)

The lawsuit, filed in 2005 on behalf of the Corrie family by attorney Hussein abu Hussein, charges the State of Israel with responsibility for Rachel’s killing and failure to conduct a full and credible investigation in the case.

“The lawsuit is just a small step in our family’s nearly decade-long search for truth and justice,” said Craig Corrie, Rachel’s father. “The mounting evidence presented before the court underscores a broken system of accountability – tolerated by the United States in spite of its conclusions that Israel’s military investigation was not ‘thorough, credible, or transparent.’”

Keep it simple, keep it honest

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012


OMJP Meeting Tonight! 7 pm, Aug 22nd at POWER Office

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Regular meetings on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at the POWER Office next door to Rainy Days Records on 5th

See you there!

The People’s Movement Assembly Sat. Oct. 29 2011

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011


The fliers above are ready to print and post/share online. Invite your friends!


Peoples’ Movement Assembly
Saturday, October 29, 8:15AM-5:00PM, at the
Olympia Community Center
222 Columbia St. NW, Downtown Olympia
Network, Strategize, Plan, Organize, Act


The Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace is holding it’s second People’s Movement Assembly on October 29 from 8:00 until 5:00 at the Olympia Center (222 Columbia St NW). This year’s event will create a space for local social justice groups and interested individuals to network, share insights, and plan together for future actions. Following an introductory panel, there will be three blocks of 90 min. facilitated workshops, as listed below. Each workshop will begin with a 10 min. presentation by a local group or individual who has been active in the topic to be discussed. Following this, workshop participants will be able to introduce themselves and then spend the remainder of the time discussing their experiences, thoughts, ideas, interests, and goals. A strong effort will be made to create room for as broad of a range of input as possible. Notes will be taken to be shared with folks who could not attend. In general, we hope that the PMA will allow incoming students, new community members, and established Olympia residents to meet and strengthen the social justice movements in Olympia and elsewhere. Food Not Bombs will be preparing lunch, the Olympia Really Really Free Market will be in full swing (bring household items to give away), all of the leftist organizations, collectives, and autonomous individuals we can get will be tabling, and children will have their own space created by the Olympia Childcare Collective. We hope to see ya’ll there!

Schedule (subject to change)
8:15- 9:00 Set up and informal snacks/breakfast
9:00—10 am Opening Panel-
“Connecting the Struggles”
Local – Vanessa Hoy, International –Cindy Corrie, National -Larry Mosqueda
A) 10:10-11:40 pm First Set of Workshops
1. Police Accountability and Local Cases
Mike Coday, Nathaniel Jones
2. The U.S. Wars in IraqAfghanistanPakistan, & Elsewhere
David Price
3. The Continuing Global Economic Crisis: Occupation vs. Austerity
Peter Bohmer
4. Marxist Praxis Now
Kerry Finnan
5. Food Justice and Local Food
Dani Madrone
6. Creating an Inter-Generational Movement
Josh Elliot & Chris Grande
11:45am—12:45pm Lunch– Prepared by Food Not Bombs and the community
–Networking, and Organizing: Informal discussion around the Occupation Movement and other topics

B) 1:00-2:25pm Second Set of Workshops

1. Political Prisoners and Immigration

Adam Carpinelli (NW Jericho), Kaitlyn Lucus and Jamie Alwine (Bridges Not Walls)

2. Low Income People and Students Organizing for a Fair Budget

POWER, Monica Peabody

3. Our Broken Electoral System

Janet Jordan

4. War Resistance Inside and Outside of the Military


5. Latin America and the Global South

Kelsey Weller, Rick Fellows

6. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: Palestinian Solidarity in Olympia

TESC Divest

C) 2:35-3:50pm Third Set of Workshops:

1. Radical State Budget Reform and the Occupation Movement

Dana Walker, Marylea Coday, CIVIL, OCFB

2. Alternative Local Media

Deb Vinsel of TCTV, Brendan Funtek

3. Challenging Corporate Personhood

Molly Gibbs

4. Creating a Washington State Bank

Zahid Chaudhry

5. Bring Our Billions Home Campaign

Glen Anderson

6. Economic Alternatives: The Time Bank, the Really Really Free Market, and Beyond Capitalism

Ann Chaudhry, Lee Durfey and Peter Bohmer

3:55-4:30pm “Wrap Up” Discussion on the PMA and the Occupation Movement

(Share your thoughts on a comment card or speak to the group. These and other discussions will hopefully continue at Heritage Park. )

Lee Durfey, Facilitator

4:30-5:00pm Clean Up

5:00pm Solidarity March to Occupy Olympia @ Heritage Park

10am-2pm Cooking with Food Not Bombs
9-4:30 Olympia Really Really Free Market (bring stuff to give away)
Busking Encouraged
All day: Free Childcare from the Olympia Childcare Collective
If possible, please contact us in advance if you plan to use this service.

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