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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.

Pacific Ocean | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Ocean Salmon Fishery Closures Proposed To Protect Klamath River Fish

OPB/EarthFix | March 13, 2017 12:45 p.m.

The West Coast is on track for a meager and potentially disastrous salmon season, with severe cutbacks proposed for fisheries from the central Oregon coast down into northern California.

Pacific Ocean | Air | Climate change | Environment

A Blob In The Ocean Means More Ozone In The Air

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 15, 2017 4:16 p.m. | Seattle

A University of Washington scientist discovered surprising spikes in air pollution in recent years. What was even more surprising was their cause.

Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Climate change | Environment

Predicting Toxic Algae Blooms Just Got Easier

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 9, 2017 2:57 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

OSU scientists have developed a way to predict spikes in domoic acid off the West Coast.  The toxin can accumulate in some seafood and be harmful to humans if consumed. 

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Oregon Marine Mammal Institute Wants To Put A Whale On Your License Plate

OPB | Dec. 27, 2016 midnight | Portland

Oregon’s Marine Mammal Institute is trying to introduce a new vehicle license plate — featuring whales.

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OSU Develops New Hi-Tech Whale Tracking Device

OPB | Dec. 26, 2016 midnight | Portland

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new kind of tracking device to gather information on whale behavior.

Pacific Ocean | Science

Small Earthquake Strikes off of Oregon Coast

AP | Dec. 23, 2016 8:47 a.m.

A small earthquake struck in deep water off the Oregon coast, near Bandon.

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The Best Of EarthFix 2016

EarthFix | Dec. 18, 2016 1:51 p.m.

From an international investigation into electronic waste to a study of the U.S. military's environmental legacy in the Northwest, here is the best reporting from EarthFix in 2016.

Pacific Ocean | Science | Environment

New Whale Song Discovered In The South Pacific By Oregon Researchers

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 16, 2016 12:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The sound had not been identified previously because of the way scientists analyze acoustic data from the ocean. 

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Study Of Underwater Volcano Off Oregon Coast Helps Predict Eruptions

OPB | Dec. 15, 2016 2:52 p.m.

An underwater volcano, some 300 miles off the Oregon Coast, is providing clues about how to better understand — and predict — eruptions.