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The Vancouver Sun reports that [BC’s $32 million commercial sardine industry has suddenly and 'inexplicably' collapsed](http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Sudden+disappearance+sardines+serious+economic+ecological/9034961/story.html "").
West Coast fishery managers adopted new rule Tuesday that protects many species of forage fish at the bottom of the ocean food chain.
Population counts indicate there aren't enough fish to open the West Coast sardine fishery this year.
Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it was phasing out a class of bee-harming pesticides on wildlife refuges in the Pacific region. That rule now applies nationwide.
Several conservation groups and tribes are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service, contending the federal agency has unlawfully allowed harm to marine mammals by permitting the Navy to expand sonar use and carry out underwater practice drills.
An environmental group is calling for a major expansion in habitat protection for Puget Sound's killer whales.
The royalties from offshore drilling and gas leases help the Forest Service acquire new parcels of land. Projects and areas in the Northwest that will benefit include the Pacific Crest Trail, the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and salmon restoration efforts in Idaho.
Researchers on the Oregon coast study the role that forage fish play in the food chain.
A Wild Foraged Salad and Fisherman's Stew with Mussels, Crab, Scallops and Tomato Broth are made.