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Massive Bloom Of Pickle-Shaped Sea Creatures Fills The Pacific

OPB/EarthFix | June 16, 2017 2:10 p.m.

Millions of tubular sea creatures called pyrosomes have taken over the Pacific ocean in an unprecedented bloom that has scientists baffled.

Pacific Ocean | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

West Coast Senators Add Voices To Request For Salmon Disaster Declaration

OPB/EarthFix | June 9, 2017 2:40 p.m. | Portland

Four West Coast senators are calling on the Trump administration to declare a salmon fishery emergency and provide aid to economically struggling coastal communities.

Pacific Ocean | Environment | News | Water | World | Climate change

Crossing the Border To Protest A Canadian Pipeline

KUOW/EarthFix | June 4, 2017 10:15 p.m. | Vancouver, British Columbia

People in the U.S. technically have no say in the matter of Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline. But that hasn’t kept them from protesting increased tanker traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Pacific Ocean | Environment | Science | Climate change

West Coast Ocean Acidification Rates Among Highest In World

OPB/EarthFix | June 2, 2017 9 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The more carbon dioxide in the air, the more acidic oceans become – preventing oysters and tiny marine snails at the base of the food chain from forming shells. 

Pacific Ocean | Environment | Water

West Coast Transient Orcas Are Booming While Resident Orcas In Salish Sea Struggle

KUOW/EarthFix | May 15, 2017 5:50 p.m. | Seattle

New research shows some of the orca populations that visit the Salish Sea are booming while the orcas who spend most of their time there are suffering. It comes down to what the different orcas eat.

Pacific Ocean | Environment | Climate change

Oceans Losing Oxygen As World Warms

KUOW | May 9, 2017 8:45 a.m. | Seattle

To the list of global problems the world’s oceans are facing, you can add another: They’re losing oxygen.

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Bigger Company Joins Push For LNG Export Facility On Oregon Coast

OPB/EarthFix | May 2, 2017 noon

The Canadian company behind the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project is getting bigger.

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Astoria To Host 2 New Fast-Response Cutters For Coast Guard

Daily Astorian | April 29, 2017 3:26 p.m. | Astoria, Oregon

The 154-foot Sentinel-class cutters replace the 1980s-era 110-foot Island-class patrol boats, which are nearing the end of service life.

Pacific Ocean | Environment | NW Life | local | Food | Fish & Wildlife

Washington Razor Clammers Dig Into 1st Weekend Of Season

OPB | April 15, 2017 5:13 p.m. | Seaview, Washington

Thousands of people hauled their shovels and buckets to the shore for the first weekend of open razor clam season on the Washington coast.

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A Forgotten Hero's Shipwreck Imperils Washington's Oysters

OPB | March 26, 2017 12:30 p.m. | Bay Center, Washington

Bay Center residents in Southwest Washington feared the worst when a neglected boat began to sink in the Palix River. Leaking oil was a concern to local oyster farmers in nearby Willapa Bay.