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Group calls for moratorium on boat tours of endangered orcas

Nov. 7, 2018 5:29 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas wants to temporarily suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on those whales, one of three dozen recommendations to save a population that is at its lowest in over 30 years. The group advising Gov. Jay Inslee voted...

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

Oct. 18, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the best way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams on the Lower...

New effort will analyze genes of endangered Northwest orcas

Oct. 4, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A new scientific effort will sequence the genomes of critically endangered Pacific Northwest orcas to better understand their genetics and potentially find ways to save them from extinction. The collaboration announced Thursday involves scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

SeaWorld, ex-execs must pay $5M to settle 'Blackfish' claim

Sep. 18, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld and two former executives on Tuesday agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle federal fraud claims that they misled investors about the negative impact the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" had on business. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed the complaint in...

International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances

Sep. 17, 2018 8:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Canada and the U.S. states of Alaska, Oregon and Washington would all reduce their catch of fragile salmon species under the terms of an updated international agreement that, if approved, will spell out the next decade of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to keep the migratory...

Ailing killer whale declared dead, but feds to keep looking

Sep. 14, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Efforts to find a sick young orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest came up empty Thursday, and a scientist who tracks the animals declared her dead — though federal authorities said they'd keep looking. The grim news means scientists...

The Latest: Researcher who tracks whales declares orca dead

Sep. 13, 2018 8:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on efforts to save a sick orca in Washington state (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Efforts to find an ailing orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales off Washington state have come up empty, and a scientist who tracks them has declared her dead. Ken Balcomb, of...