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Coastal Researchers, Fishermen Concerned About More Frequent Low Oxygen Zones

Northwest News Network | Oct. 9, 2017 9:24 a.m.

Scientists in Oregon and Washington are noticing a disruptive ocean phenomenon is becoming more frequent and extreme.

Fish & Wildlife | Land | Pacific Ocean | Environment | Forestry | Flora and Fauna

Oregon Considering Added Protections For Reclusive Coastal Seabird

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 2, 2017 3:46 p.m.

The marbled murrelet has been at the center of a conservation fight on the Oregon coast for decades.

Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | Climate change | Communities | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Tsunami Debris Continues Delivering Invasive Species To The West Coast

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 29, 2017 9:10 a.m.

New research shows nearly 300 species have traveled on debris rafts across the Pacific Ocean.

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Warm Waters Off West Coast Have Lingering Effects For Salmon

AP | Sept. 17, 2017 3:20 p.m.

The mass of warm water known as "the blob" that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm temperatures on salmon and steelhead.

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If You're Eating Shellfish, You're Eating Plastic

KCTS9/EarthFix | Sept. 14, 2017 1:40 p.m. | Seattle

Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh fish in the ocean. But how many of those plastics are ending up in our seafood, and where are they coming from?

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Oregon's Wyden, Merkley Vow To Block Trump Pick For 9th Circuit, Ryan Bounds

Portland Tribune | Sept. 7, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Oregon's two Democratic U.S. Senators on Thursday informed the White House they won't approve President Donald Trump's nomination of federal prosecutor Ryan Bounds to sit on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Sharks Sighted On Oregon Coast (Calm Down, It’s Normal)

OPB | July 19, 2017 1:19 p.m.

Cannon Beach Police advised beachgoers this week of shark dorsal fin sightings in the Cannon Beach area, but such sightings are not uncommon this time of year.

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Strange Sea Creatures Near Alaska Baffle Scientists

AP | July 3, 2017 1:15 p.m. | Juneau, Alaska

Scientists are trying to figure out why strange sea creatures that resemble large pink thimbles are showing up on the coast of southeast Alaska.

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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.