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Disasters declared for salmon fisheries along West Coast

Federal officials have determined that commercial fishery failures occurred for salmon in Washington, Oregon and California, making those fisheries eligible for federal disaster assistance.


Another orca sick, others pregnant

Another orca is sick and several others are pregnant in the critically endangered family of southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 7:21 p.m.

ffAngry at plight of southern-resident orcas, speakers rebuke NOAA in public meetings

Attendees criticized NOAA for coordinating the now-canceled rescue effort of the orca J50 with SeaWorld, the entertainment park that had for decades profited from capturing the animals for use in …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

Video: How do you capture a sick orca? NOAA did it 16 years ago, saving Springer

Capturing J50 will be trickier than it was with Springer, the 2-year-old orphan orca successfully captured and rehabilitated in 2002.


NOAA lays plan to capture ailing orca J50, announces public meetings

Plans are being laid to capture J50, the ailing young orca, as efforts to help her in the wild have failed and her condition continues to decline.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 5:58 p.m.

Orca J50 declared dead after search; southern residents down to 74 whales

A massive search is underway for ailing orca J50, but the lead researcher who tracks the southern-resident population says she’s probably dead.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Teams pack boats with fish to prepare to feed ailing orca

Teams taking drastic measures to save a young, ailing killer whale loaded up two boats with live fish and rushed to waters near an island off Washington state Friday, preparing …


Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest

An endangered orca is still clinging to her dead calf more than two weeks after her newborn died.


NOAA plans ‘outside the box’ response to save J pod orca, which may have just days to live

The federal government is marshaling an emergency response for J50, the starving 4-year-old orca whale, which will include feeding live chinook — dosed with medicine — to the ailing animal …


Research shows diet shift of beluga whales in Alaska inlet

Beluga whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet may have changed their diet over five decades from saltwater prey to fish and crustaceans influenced by freshwater, according to a study by University …


New flag meant to protect endangered Southern Resident orcas

A new “whale warning flag” will be flown by boats and select land stations along the west side of San Juan Island starting this weekend to let boaters know whales …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

State bills tackle threats to endangered Puget Sound orcas

With the number of endangered Puget Sound orcas at a 30-year low, state lawmakers want to protect the fish-eating killer whales that spend time in the inland waters of the …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

Study: Distance restrictions on Puget Sound orcas haven’t hurt tourism

A study by a federal agency has found that restrictions limiting boats from getting too close to endangered southern resident killer whales have not harmed the whale-watching industry.


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 7:21 p.m.

Seattle-based crab boat missing since February found on Bering Sea bottom

Federal research vessels have located the Destination, the Seattle-based crab boat that went missing Feb. 11 along with six crew, on the bottom of the Bering Sea off the coast …


Environmental group sues after Trump administration scraps effort to protect West Coast sea animals

An environmental group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s withdrawal of proposed limits on the number of endangered whales, dolphins and sea turtles that can be killed …


Forecaster says budget cuts could hurt hurricane predictions

Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes – which has lagged behind storm track forecasting – could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, …


Trump’s proposed cuts to climate agency would disarm our coasts in the face of rising seas, scientists say

A proposed White House budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could put coastal communities throughout the nation at a major disadvantage as they struggle to adapt to threats …


U.S. had near record heat, costly weather disasters in 2016

With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in the United States.


NOAA plans to open federal waters in Pacific to fish farming

As traditional commercial fishing is threatening fish populations worldwide, U.S. officials are working on a plan to expand fish farming into federal waters around the Pacific Ocean.


Arctic just had its warmest year on record ‘by far,’ scientists report

The Arctic saw the warmest temperatures ever recorded in 2016, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Navy to expand sonar, other training off Northwest coast

The U.S. Navy has finalized a plan to expand sonar testing and other warfare training off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and northern California.


NOAA reminding people not to touch or pick up seal pups

As harbor seals are being born in the Pacific Northwest this time of year, marine mammal advocates up and down the West Coast are urging people not to touch or …


New technology speeds massive coral reef survey

Scientists using facial recognition technology and 360-degree underwater photos said Wednesday they have developed new software to quickly assess coral bleaching and other damage to the world’s imperiled reefs.


Populations of salmon, flounder added to overfishing list

The federal government has added several populations of economically important food fish, including stocks of salmon and flounder, to its list of fish stocks that are being subjected to overfishing.


Scientists predict average hurricane season, with 12 named storms

The year’s hurricane season will be near-average, with the formation of 12 named storms, including five hurricanes making landfall along the U.S. coastline or in the Caribbean, according to a …


Gray whale spotted in Seattle’s Ballard locks

Officials say a gray whale has been spotted in and around Ballard locks in Seattle in the past couple weeks.


February temperatures shock scientists

Earth got so hot last month that federal scientists struggled to find words, describing temperatures in February.


Scientists discover possible new octopus species near Hawaii

HONOLULU – Scientists say they have discovered what might be a new species of octopus while searching the Pacific Ocean floor near the Hawaiian Islands.


Earth sets 9th straight monthly heat record

The January figures are in, and Earth’s string of hottest-months-on-record has now reached nine in a row. But NASA said January stood out: The temperature was above normal by the …


Weathercatch: Miss Piggy studies ‘sky rivers’

Atmospheric rivers, as they are called, are narrow but long ribbons of condensed water vapor carried by the wind. When a particularly tempestuous one barrels into the Pacific Northwest or …