AREA SPORTS BRIEFS: Registration opens soon for Ride the Hurricane

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PORT ANGELES — Registration is expected to open in the coming weeks for the Ride the Hurricane event to be held August 7.

Registration slots are expected to be full, so people are encouraged to continue to check the Ride the Hurricane website at www.ridethehurricane.org.

People who wish to participate in the ride can prepare now before registration opens. Each entrant must complete an online liability waiver with minors listed on an adult waiver. You can find the waiver here: www.tinyurl.com/36ejxbys.

People are also urged to make reservations as soon as possible as accommodations in the area are expected to be fully booked. People can also send photos of past Ride the Hurricanes and one will be chosen as the 2022 bib image.

closed sea cucumbers

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed recreational harvesting of sea cucumbers in all waters of Puget Sound effective today.

This includes Sea Areas 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, 5 (Sekiu), 6 (Port Angeles and Sequim), and 9 (Port Townsend).

The species affected is the California red or giant sea cucumber.

A spawning closure period of March 1 to June 30 has been agreed to by sea cucumber co-managers in all Puget Sound waters for all sea cucumber fisheries. This change from fishing rules to personal harvest rules supports the conservation of the species in accordance with the co-manager agreement.

Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) is closed all year and is therefore excluded from this rule change.

Fierce and Fabulous

PORT ANGELES — People can participate in the Fierce and Fabulous Movement Challenge hosted by the North Olympic Library System to help community members create and maintain healthy habits and movement goals.

Those interested can download the Beanstack app to register or visit nols.org. People earn badges by tracking their moves starting today. For every six badges earned, people will receive entry into a raffle for an annual Olympic National Park pass. A paper plotter is also available for pickup at all NOLS locations. All adults aged 18 and over are encouraged to register. May 3 is the last day to register all activities. Each NOLS branch will draw one winning entry.

Badges can be earned for a wide range of activities, including: Thinking about and writing down movement goals; check out movement, fitness, or exercise equipment in the library; stretch regularly; inviting a friend, family member, or community member to participate in a movement activity, such as a walk or an outdoor adventure; keep track of how much water you drink during the week; try a new recipe; or celebrating a new healthy habit.

Steelhead locked in ONP

OLYMPIA – Along with the complete inshore steelhead trout closure announced by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, fishing in the Hoh, South Fork Hoh, Bogachiel, Dickey and Quillayute river systems in the Olympic National Park will also be closed to fishing starting today.

This closure follows information provided by the WDFW, which indicates that wild rainbow trout runs are returning in much lower numbers than expected. A complete closure of recreational fisheries is warranted due to their declining trends and to eliminate the phishing of wild rainbow trout.

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