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The booming population of a native species of Northwest shrimp threatens the oyster beds of Washington's Willapa Bay and a coastal way of life.
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The Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal and the local port's channel widening projects are both working their way through the permitting process.
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Steelhead and salmon struggle to survive the Willamette River Basin's high dams and slackwater reservoirs. Saving them is no easy task.
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Pacific Northwesterners are undeniably fond of their endangered resident killer whales. Many locals are also fans of salmon fishing. But now there is a chance future fishing trips on the ocean could be curtailed to leave more food for the orcas.
With fishery limits now set, attention turns to rebuilding "overfished" salmon runs and protecting Southern Resident orcas.
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Northwest chinook salmon fisheries may eventually be adjusted to ensure there’s enough fish in the ocean for endangered orcas.