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Coastal Algae Bloom Is Proving Toxic For Washington Crabbers' Bottom Line

KUOW/EarthFix | June 25, 2015 4:15 p.m. | Tokeland, Washington

Harvesting Dungeness crab and razor clams is a major economic driver in coastal communities in the Northwest. What happens when it’s shut down because of toxic algae?

Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Environment

West Coast Shellfish Hit By Giant Toxic Algae Bloom

KUOW/EarthFix | June 16, 2015 5:52 p.m.

The West Coast is experiencing the largest bloom of toxic algae in more than a decade, prompting wide-ranging closures of commercial crab and shellfish harvesting and causing some very weird behavior in wildlife.

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State Issues First Local Advisories To Boat Operators For Distant Tsunamis

OPB | June 4, 2015 4 p.m. | Portland

The state has released the first in a series of local advisories showing coastal boat operators where to go and what to do in the event of a distant tsunami.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Water | Pacific Ocean | Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report

Poach Fish, Get Caught, Keep Your License

OPB/EarthFix | June 2, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Portland

Get caught poaching fish one too many times in Northwest waters and you’re likely to lose your sport fishing license. Do the same under a commercial license, on a much larger scale, and you’ll likely avoid the same fate.

News | Science | Pacific Ocean | local | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake?

7 Earthquakes Hit Off Oregon Coast In 24 Hours

OPB | June 2, 2015 9:11 a.m. | Portland

A total of seven earthquakes shook about 300 miles off the Oregon Coast in the past 24 hours. The first struck just after midnight Monday. The largest was a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. More could still follow.

Science | Land use | Environment | News | Pacific Ocean | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake?

5th Earthquake Strikes Off Oregon Coast

OPB | June 1, 2015 11:15 a.m. | Portland

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the Oregon Coast at 1:11 p.m., the fifth quake to hit the area since early Monday morning.

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Series Of Earthquakes Strike Off Oregon Coast

AP | June 1, 2015 8:47 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

A series of earthquakes have struck off the Oregon coast but scientists say they weren't strong enough to trigger tsunamis.

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Astoria Uses Beach Balls To Keep Sea Lions Off Docks

AP | May 28, 2015 7:28 a.m.

Beach balls seem to be deterring sea lions, who will soon face a fiberglass orca as well.

Fish & Wildlife | Flora and Fauna | Environment | News | Pacific Ocean | Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report

Can A Treasured Sea Snail Come Back After Being Poached To Near Extinction?

KUOW/EarthFix | May 16, 2015 5:30 p.m. | MUKILTEO, Wash. --

Pinto abalone  were near extinction by the end of the 1990s in Puget Sound. But with a little help from science, their wild populations are slowly rising.

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Four Oregon Earthquake Bills Languish In Ways And Means Committee

OPB | May 12, 2015 10:44 a.m. | Portland

The future is uncertain for four earthquake bills in Salem.