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 tourists because it was occupied by locals — brown bears.The ...

Inslee OKs funding to study removal of Snake River dams

Enviroment 05/21/19, 16:51

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that provides $750,000 to study how to best help impacted communities if the four federal dams on the Snake River are breached.The four dams are blamed for reducing salmon numbers on the Snake and Columbia river systems.Inslee, who is seeking the Democratic presidential ...

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 removing sea lions at Bonneville Dam about 145 miles (235 ...

SeaWorld publishes decades of orca data to help wild whales

Health 04/22/19, 17:00

The endangered killer whales of the Pacific Northwest live very different lives from orcas in captivity.They swim up to 100 miles (161 kilometers) a day in pursuit of salmon, instead of being fed a steady diet of baitfish and multivitamins. Their playful splashing awes and entertains kayakers and passengers on ...

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 nearly two decades ago to force the U.S. government to ...

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 flows in the San Joaquin River and three tributaries to ...

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 said it lifted an alert had that had prevented AquaBounty ...

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 sight that turns the heads of passing motorists on Interstate ...

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 the point where the last remaining wild populations of in ...

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

Enviroment 02/11/19, 21:39

Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area. At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling be allowed because of the effects ...

Plan to help endangered salmon in Maine river abandoned

Tech 01/31/19, 11:47

A plan to test the use of a new technology to help endangered salmon in a Maine river has been abandoned, at least for now.Atlantic salmon return to very few rivers in the United States, and the most critical of those is the Penobscot River in Maine. Brookfield Renewable of ...

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 perusing orca data several months ago when they noticed a ...

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 and the Washington state-based Wild Fish Conservancy notified President Donald ...

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 undertaking a herculean effort to save these iconic creatures," Inslee ...

California water board eyes decision on plan to aid salmon

U.S. 12/12/18, 19:17

A state board is expected to vote Wednesday on a contentious proposal to boost water flows through a Central California river, a move that would increase habitat for salmon but deliver less water to farmers and cities such as San Francisco. The plan under consideration by the Water Resources Control Board ...

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

U.S. 12/12/18, 14:26

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 protect salmon and ...

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 their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of investments to ...

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 confinement and 400 hours of community service.U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah ...

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 to tear down four dams on the Lower Snake River, ...

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