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Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

Jan. 19, 2019 5:30 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing data on the website...

Governor's report: Salmon runs not improving despite efforts

Jan. 16, 2019 8:00 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new Washington state report says that despite two decades of recovery efforts, some salmon runs still declining. The report , released Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee's Salmon Recovery Office, found that in most of the state, salmon populations are below recovery goals. Fifteen of...

Federal program pays $1.4 million to pikeminnow anglers

Dec. 22, 2018 2:56 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A program that pays anglers to catch a predator that eats young salmon and steelhead resulted in more than 180,000 northern pikeminnows being caught and killed in the Columbia and Snake rivers this year, federal officials say. The anglers were paid $1.4 million for catching northern...

Groups: US must consider how salmon fishing hurts orcas

Dec. 18, 2018 3:39 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to consider how salmon fishing off the West Coast is affecting endangered killer whales, two conservation groups said Tuesday as they threatened a lawsuit. The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity and the...

Officials: 360,000 spring chinook die at aging fish hatchery

Dec. 15, 2018 3:24 PM EST

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials say 360,000 young salmon and eggs have died at a western Oregon fish hatchery. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in a news release Friday says the spring chinook died at the aging Cole Rivers Hatchery due to not getting enough oxygen. Officials say a...

'Wild' salmon may be straight from the farm, NY report finds

Dec. 14, 2018 2:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — That wild sockeye salmon in the refrigerated aisle may be straight from the fish farm, New York's attorney general said in a report released Friday. The report from Attorney General Barbara Underwood found that more than one-fourth of the seafood her office sampled in a statewide...

Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

Dec. 13, 2018 5:47 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. "We are undertaking a...

The Latest: Inslee proposes $1.1B to help starving orcas

Dec. 13, 2018 2:12 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Jay Inslee's budget announcement (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing $1.1 billion in spending — and a partial whale-watching ban — to help support the recovery of Puget Sound's critically endangered orcas. Inslee...

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

Dec. 12, 2018 2:26 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that a bill approved by the House Tuesday changes the Marine Mammal Protection Act to lift some of the restrictions on killing sea lions to...

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color boosts

Dec. 10, 2018 4:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Many companies including McDonald's and Kellogg are purging artificial colors from their foods, but don't expect your cheeseburgers or cereal to look much different. Colors send important signals about food, and companies aren't going to stop playing into those perceptions. What's accepted...