Fishery Closure
6:17 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Feds Declare Fraser Sockeye Salmon Fishery A "Disaster"

The Fraser River sockeye salmon runs are worth more than 4 million dollars each year, and they’ve been in decline for 30 years.
Credit NOAA Fisheries West Coast/Flickr

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has declared the Fraser River sockeye salmon run a “fishery disaster”. The Fraser River empties out near Vancouver, British Columbia. But the salmon from that river are a key resource for the state and tribal fishing industries in Washington.

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Fish Research
4:57 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Researchers Detect and 'Count' Fish From Just A Glass Of Water

Study co-author Kevan Yamahara collects a water sample at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Jesse Port Center for Ocean Solutions

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 4:55 pm

It's not something we often think about, but as we go about daily life, we're constantly shedding little flakes of skin. So are animals and fish.

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Northwest Shellfish
5:27 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Arsenic To Blame For Chinese Ban On Shellfish Imports From Washington

Chinese officials said two samples of geoduckcame back with high levels of arsenic and the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.
Credit timbu / Flickr

China banned all imports of shellfish from Alaska to Northern California last week. Chinese officials said two samples of geoduck came back with high levels of arsenic and the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.

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Oregon Crab
5:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Oregon Dungeness Crab Now in Stores

Oregon's Dungeness crab season started on midnight Sunday.
Credit Fred Benenson / Flickr

Oregon crab fishermen are out on their boats bringing in pots brimming with Dungeness crab. The season started at midnight Sunday.

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Hatchery Fish
5:20 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Proposed Plan Would Stop Release Of Hatchery Fish In Sections Of Lower Columbia Tributaries

Fish and Wildlife departments in Oregon, Washington and Idaho release millions of hatchery-raised salmon and steelhead into the rivers of the Northwest every year.
Credit M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia Commons

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking the public to comment on a new fish management plan. The plan would eliminate the release of hatchery-raised fish in three tributaries to the lower Columbia River.

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Crab Fishing
5:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Why is Oregon's Dungeness Crab Season Delayed?

Oregon's Dungeness crab season has been delayed until December 16th.
Credit David Gallagher / Flickr

Oregon's Dungeness crab season has been delayed until Dec. 16. The season normally starts around the first of the month, but the crustaceans don't have enough meat yet.

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Plastic Pollution
6:35 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Lab Fish Fed Plastic More Likely To Develop Tumors, Liver Problems

The plastic in the ocean acted sort of like a poison pill for fish, sopping up those pollutants.
Credit epSos .de/Flickr

Scientists have photographed dead whales and seabirds, their stomachs filled with plastic bags and bottle caps. But those larger chunks eventually break down. In fact, the majority of plastic pollution in the ocean, by volume, comes in the form of tiny confetti-sized particles. They’re commonly found in Puget Sound. And new research shows that when fish eat particles of plastic the results aren’t good.

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Washington Fish Consumption
6:05 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Environmental And Commercial Fishing Groups File Lawsuit To Raise Washington Fish Consumption Rate

Environmental and commercial fishing groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday calling on Washington State to update the fish consumption rate. The groups say the state has failed to acknowledge how much fish people eat. That standard will dictate how much pollution is allowed into the water before fish are dangerous to eat.

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Columbia River Fish
3:56 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Warning: Some Columbia River Fish Not Safe To Eat

US Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:50 pm

New advisories from health officials in Washington and Oregon warn that some fish in the Columbia River aren’t safe to eat.

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Environmental Studies
6:49 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Activists Deploy Underwater Camera To Research Fish Habitat

"A rockfish off Oregon's Cape Arago courtesy of Oceana"
Credit Oceana

The environmental group Oceana will send a high-definition camera into the ocean off Oregon Tuesday.  The group plans to collect underwater video footage using a remote-operated vehicle over the course of seven days. The videos will be used to make the case for closing more ocean habitat to bottom trawl fishing.