New Alaska park bridge aimed at limiting bear encounters

U.S. 06/14/19, 16:20

The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam.A new elevated bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve has replaced a river-level bridge that was often closed to human ...

Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam

U.S. 05/03/19, 12:45

More California sea lions preying on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River below a hydroelectric project on the Oregon-Washington border are being killed under a revised policy, federal authorities said Friday. The National Marine Fisheries Service made public reduced criteria for ...

Groups sue to restrict salmon fishing, help Northwest orcas

Enviroment 04/03/19, 15:46

Federal officials say they may restrict salmon fishing off the West Coast to help the Pacific Northwest's critically endangered killer whales, but two environmental groups are suing anyway to ensure it happens.The Center for Biological Diversity, which filed a lawsuit ...

US sues California, says water policy violates state law

U.S. 03/28/19, 20:52

The federal government sued California on Thursday over a water policy it said violates the state's environmental protection law. The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit in Sacramento federal court to block a contentious plan approved in December to increase river ...

US regulators clear path for genetically modified salmon

Health 03/08/19, 17:27

U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light to salmon genetically modified to grow about twice as fast as normal, but the company behind it may face legal challenges before the fish can be sold domestically.The Food and Drug Administration ...

Greenhouse disrupting food systems with aquaponics

U.S. 03/02/19, 01:05

Salmon aren't supposed to be swimming here.The lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens also are out of place.A 3-acre greenhouse, nearly twice the length of a football field, glows purple from its more than 1,100 LED grow lights — a ...

Ambitious new plan to save Atlantic salmon has big price tag

U.S. 02/14/19, 14:36

The federal government outlined an ambitious, potentially costly new plan to restore Atlantic salmon in the United States, where rivers teemed with the fish before dams, pollution and overfishing decimated their populations.The Atlantic salmon has declined in the U.S. to ...

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

U.S. 01/18/19, 17:52

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 ...

Groups: US must consider how salmon fishing hurts orcas

U.S. 12/18/18, 15:39

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 ...

Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

Enviroment 12/13/18, 17:16

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 ...

Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

U.S. 12/07/18, 18:28

A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate.State wildlife managers say rebounding numbers of sea lions are eating more salmon than ever and ...

Alaska fishermen sentenced for killing endangered sea lions

U.S. 11/07/18, 21:07

An Alaska salmon boat skipper who killed endangered Steller sea lions with a shotgun and hindered an investigation has been fined $20,000 in federal court.Jon Nichols, 31, of Cordova, was sentenced Tuesday to five years' probation, three months of home ...

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

U.S. 10/18/18, 18:18

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 quickest way to get more salmon to the starving whales is ...

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