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Local charter suspected of ‘high-grading’ prized halibut
NATALIE ST. JOHN/nstjohn@chinookobserver.com
Local charter suspected of ‘high-grading’ prized halibut
A prominent local charter company is suspected of "high-grading" fish during the heavily regulated halibut season.

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Good returns for Grays River chum in 2016; most others still at risk of extinction
Good returns for Grays River chum in 2016; most others still at risk of extinction

Before the 1940s, as many as half a million to one million Columbia River chum salmon returned to the river to spawn as far up the river as Celilo Falls.

With the loss of habitat and overfishing, the total population in the Columbia dropped to...

Inslee vetoes anti-shrimp legislation
Inslee vetoes anti-shrimp legislation

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on June 30 vetoed legislation that would have required the Washington State Department of Ecology to report where it is in the process of issuing a new permit to spray burrowing shrimp, and “to identify the...

Eagles still scaring cormorants away from Chinook-area island

CHINOOK — Bald eagles continue to harass double-crested cormorants at East Sand Island in the Lower Columbia River estuary, essentially bringing all nesting activity on the island to a halt.

Throughout June, bald eagles have driven the...

Locals serve on crab board

OLYMPIA — Recently appointed members of the Washington Coastal Dungeness Crab Advisory Board were announced last week by Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. They will serve through June 30,...

Three rescued at Cape D after vessel sinks
Three rescued at Cape D after vessel sinks

CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT — Passengers and crew of the Ilwaco charter boat Pacific Dream came to the rescue early Monday morning after a man and two teenagers were thrown in the cold water of the Pacific when their small pleasure craft, the Aggi K,...

Sea lions leave Bonneville Dam with likely high salmon predation rate in their wake
Sea lions leave Bonneville Dam with likely high salmon predation rate in their wake

BONNEVILLE — After a month with the number of sea lions hanging out at Bonneville Dam to snack on salmon, steelhead and other available fish exceeding the 10-year average, the number fell to just one, according to a June 7 report.

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Feds release draft EIS for Columbia harvest actions 2018-2027

A draft environmental impact statement for proposed harvests of Columbia River basin salmon and steelhead in the future is out for review and comment.

The draft EIS lays out six potential pathways towards meeting harvest goals. It was developed...

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