NOAA proposes chinook restrictions in Pacific Northwest to protect killer whales

SEATTLE (AP) - Federal officials are proposing to curtail nontribal salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest in especially bad years to help the area’s endangered killer whales.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries division is taking public comment on the plan, which calls for restricting commercial and recreational salmon fishing when chinook salmon forecasts are especially low.

The southern resident killer whales — the endangered orcas that spend much of their time in the waters between Washington state and British Columbia — depend heavily on depleted runs of fatty...


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