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Decision Looms Over Captive Orca, But Fate Of Lolita Unclear

killer whales orcaFor years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades. They say the orca known as Lolita belongs to a small population of endangered killer whales

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Study Launched On Restoring Salmon Runs To Upper Columbia

salmonSCALDIndian tribes from Washington and Idaho who live near the upper Columbia River are beginning a study of whether salmon runs can be restored above Grand Coulee Dam, which blocked those runs more than 70 years ago.

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Smelt Dipping Season On Oregon, Washington Rivers

smeltdippingFishermen will have another chance this year to dip smelt from the Cowlitz and Sandy rivers. State fishery managers from Washington and Oregon met Wednesday in Vancouver to set the season. The fish, also known as eulachon, was listed as threatened, but managers are expecting a strong return.

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Plan To Allow Shell Oil Drilling Fleet In Seattle Draws Ire

engineerA plan to allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to use Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups. Several state and national groups are urging the Port of Seattle to halt lease negotiations that would allow Shell to use 50 acres of port property

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Navy Wants To Increase Use Of Sonar-Emitting Buoys

navey sonarThe U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water. The Navy wants to deploy up to 720 sonobuoys

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