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 By Gene Johnson    News    December 20, 2023

U.S. plans to spend $1 billion to help restore Columbia Basin salmon runs

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. government said Dec. 14 it plans to spend more than $1 billion over the next decade to help recover depleted salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest, and that it will help figure out how to offset the loss of h...

 By Gene Johnson    News    May 10, 2023

Judge's ruling could shut down summer troll king salmon season

SEATTLE (AP) — A ruling from a federal judge in Seattle could effectively shut down commercial king salmon trolling in Southeast Alaska — a valuable industry that supports some 1,500 fishermen — after a Washington state-based conservation group...

 By Gene Johnson    News    April 26, 2023

Inbreeding holding down population of southern resident orcas

SEATTLE (AP) — People have taken many steps in recent decades to help the Pacific Northwest’s endangered killer whales, which have long suffered from starvation, pollution and the legacy of having many of their number captured for display in marine p...

 By Gene Johnson    News    August 17, 2022

Court ruling could cut into king harvest by Southeast trollers

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal court ruling last week has thrown into doubt the future of a valuable commercial king salmon fishery in Southeast Alaska, after a conservation group challenged the government’s approval of the harvest as a threat to pro...


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