Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW’s) are back in Puget Sound!
Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW’s) spend several summer and fall months in the Puget Sound. Current laws in WA are set to change in Jan 2025 where there will be an increase to a 1000 yard buffer zone from the current 300/400 yard oval. The WDFW will be facilitating a SRKW task force for this change in law and RBAW member, and Tacoma Yacht Club Delegate, Dave Willis, will be our representative.
Washington State Law:
Boats should stay 100 yards from all other marine mammals (e.g. humpback whales, gray whales, sea lions and seals).
Watercraft Excise Tax Depreciation Schedule Impact on Vessel Registrations
RBAW and others testified in a DOR public meeting on Tuesday, 7/19 in support of our position that the current depreciation schedule does not accurately represent boat values in out years.
Click HERE to see the DOR response to our petition.
Click HERE for more information on the WA State Watercraft Excise Tax
Legislature approves directing 25% of WET funds to Derelict Vessel Removal
A huge thanks to our House and Senate bill sponsors:
Rep. Dave Paul (D-Oak Harbor/10th Dist.) Rep. Dan Griffey (R-Union/35th Dist.)
Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes/40th Dist.)
Ron Muzzall (R-Island County/10th Dist.)
And to Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz and the folks at DNR who have partnered so well with us. Thank you!
RBAW Marine Parks Conservancy is a 501c3, donations may be tax deductible!
Please consider donating to our Lakebay Marina renovation drive - go to the conservancy website or send your tax deductible donations to:
RBAW Marine Parks Conservancy
PO Box 17591
Seattle, WA 98127
THANK YOU TO OUR RBAW CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS
AND THEIR SUPPORT OF RECREATIONAL BOATING
Calling all Seattle-area boaters!
Affordable, hands-on powerboat handling courses for beginner and experienced boaters alike are now available from Ahoy Rentals Seattle in partnership with the @BoatUSFoundation.
Sign up today at BoatUS.org/On-Water: https://bit.ly/44MCZW3
Where to Pump-out, or contact Mobile Services that will come to You!
Click the link below to easily find locations when you can pump-out - or businesses that operate mobile pump-outs. Boating is good clean fun, lets keep it that way!
No-Go Zones for Boaters in Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands: June 1 to November 30
Boaters should be aware of two seasonal No-Go Zones in the Gulf Islands, and the one year-round voluntary No-Go Zone in the San Juan Islands. Our friends at Waggoner Guide have all the information, click HERE to learn more.