WEEKEND: Fish on Fence Gala tonight

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The Feiro Marine Life Center’s fifth annual Fish on the Fence Gala fundraiser tonight will include auctioning off naming rights for a baby giant Pacific octopus.

The dinner with live music and an auction will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St.

Tickets are $50 at the Feiro center on City Pier at 315 N. Lincoln St. or by phoning 360-417-6254.

The dinner will honor Conan McCarty, a senior at Lincoln High School and a natural resources student at the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center, as science student of the year, said Betsy Wharton, a member of the Feiro center’s board of directors.

McCarty has volunteered at the center for the past year.

This is the first year of what is intended to be an annual award, Wharton said.

One of the items to be auctioned off will be naming rights of the center’s new baby giant Pacific octopus, caught recently in Freshwater Bay by Feiro volunteers, said Deborah Moriarty, director of the marine center.

New resident

The octopus, which is thought to be female, is about 12 inches from arm-tip to arm-tip, estimated to be 18 months old and is on display in a small tank at the Feiro.

The species, which can grow larger than 16 feet and 110 pounds, is the largest in the octopus family.

Another auction item will be the opportunity to sponsor a school of ceramic herring installed recently on the City Pier fence.

The herring were created by area elementary school students.

Sponsorship includes a plaque engraved with the sponsor’s name or a memorial posted on the fence near the fish.

Other auction items include a wild-mushroom-hunting gift basket, a two- to three-hour sailboat cruise on the Blue Moon, a crab cruise with Expeditions Northwest, fresh home-delivered eggs for a year, an 8-foot El Toro sailboat donated by Orville Campbell, a pie-baking camp with nationally renowned pie baker Kate McDermott and an Elwha River rafting trip for six people from Olympic Rafting.

Last modified: February 21. 2013 3:57PM
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