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Oregon and Washington this week approved some of the last fall fishing of the year for commercial gillnetters and recreational anglers.
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Warmer-than-average temperatures are forecast for much of the U.S. this winter, including the Pacific Northwest, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
The newest marine heat wave off the West Coast that emerged this summer and resembles what became known as “the Blob” of 2014 and 2015 is not as warm and it already is diminishing in strength, according to Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s Orca Task Force, which last year submitted 36 recommendations that, if all were enacted, would cost more than $1 billion and could bring back Southern Resident killer whales in Puget Sound, is entering its second year and has now added 12 more recommendations.
NOAA Fisheries has announced 5-year reviews of 17 Pacific Salmon species and 11 steelhead populations listed under the Endangered Species Act.
A boat from Chicago bound for Seattle was quarantined and decontaminated at the Ravalli watercraft inspection station operated by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes after an inspection found adult zebra mussels attached to the vessel.