Environment | Pacific Ocean | Water

West Coast Transient Orcas Are Booming While Resident Orcas In Salish Sea Struggle

KUOW/EarthFix | May 15, 2017 5:50 p.m. | Seattle

New research shows some of the orca populations that visit the Salish Sea are booming while the orcas who spend most of their time there are suffering. It comes down to what the different orcas eat.

Environment | Climate change | Pacific Ocean

Oceans Losing Oxygen As World Warms

KUOW | May 9, 2017 8:45 a.m. | Seattle

To the list of global problems the world’s oceans are facing, you can add another: They’re losing oxygen.

News | Environment | local | Pacific Ocean | Energy

Bigger Company Joins Push For LNG Export Facility On Oregon Coast

OPB/EarthFix | May 2, 2017 noon

The Canadian company behind the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project is getting bigger.

Economy | News | Pacific Ocean | local

Astoria To Host 2 New Fast-Response Cutters For Coast Guard

Daily Astorian | April 29, 2017 3:26 p.m. | Astoria, Oregon

The 154-foot Sentinel-class cutters replace the 1980s-era 110-foot Island-class patrol boats, which are nearing the end of service life.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | Food | NW Life | local

Washington Razor Clammers Dig Into 1st Weekend Of Season

OPB | April 15, 2017 5:13 p.m. | Seaview, Washington

Thousands of people hauled their shovels and buckets to the shore for the first weekend of open razor clam season on the Washington coast.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | News | History | Pacific Ocean | Water | local

A Forgotten Hero's Shipwreck Imperils Washington's Oysters

OPB | March 26, 2017 12:30 p.m. | Bay Center, Washington

Bay Center residents in Southwest Washington feared the worst when a neglected boat began to sink in the Palix River. Leaking oil was a concern to local oyster farmers in nearby Willapa Bay.

Environment | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife

Ocean Salmon Fishery Closures Proposed To Protect Klamath River Fish

OPB/EarthFix | March 13, 2017 12:45 p.m.

The West Coast is on track for a meager and potentially disastrous salmon season, with severe cutbacks proposed for fisheries from the central Oregon coast down into northern California.

Air | Environment | Climate change | Pacific Ocean

A Blob In The Ocean Means More Ozone In The Air

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 15, 2017 4:16 p.m. | Seattle

A University of Washington scientist discovered surprising spikes in air pollution in recent years. What was even more surprising was their cause.

Environment | Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife

Predicting Toxic Algae Blooms Just Got Easier

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 9, 2017 2:57 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

OSU scientists have developed a way to predict spikes in domoic acid off the West Coast.  The toxin can accumulate in some seafood and be harmful to humans if consumed. 

Economy | Environment | News | Politics | Animals | Pacific Ocean | Family | NW Life | local

Oregon Marine Mammal Institute Wants To Put A Whale On Your License Plate

OPB | Dec. 27, 2016 midnight | Portland

Oregon’s Marine Mammal Institute is trying to introduce a new vehicle license plate — featuring whales.


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