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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...

Federal court: Salmon must have protection from warm water

Oct. 18, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must come up with a plan to protect salmon from warm water temperatures, which can be fatal for the fish species. ' Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Thursday that record-high water temperatures in rivers across...

Disasters declared for salmon fisheries along West Coast

Sep. 25, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials have determined that commercial fishery failures occurred for salmon in Washington, Oregon and California, making those fisheries eligible for federal disaster assistance. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Tuesday also announced a commercial fishery failure for the...

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...

Much of Columbia River closed to salmon fishing

Sep. 17, 2018 1:26 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The rare closure of most of the Columbia River to salmon fishing is largely the result of bad weather and bad ocean conditions in 2015. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Thursday closed salmon fishing on the main stem of the Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to...

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...

Experts prepare plan to capture ill orca as last alternative

Sep. 12, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal biologists said Wednesday they are preparing a plan to capture and treat a sick, critically endangered orca if there is no other way to save her in the wild. Officials said they will intervene and rescue the orca only if she becomes stranded or separated from the rest of her tightly...