Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcas

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials are planning to curtail nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast in especially bad years to help the Northwest’s endangered killer whales. NOAA Fisheries is taking public comment on the plan, which calls for restricting commercial and…

Washington state to cut hundreds of trees to save salmon

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Washington state intends to cut down more than a hundred trees along a highway in an attempt to restore a salmon habitat.The Everett Herald reports that the state Department of Transportation was scheduled to begin the clearance Monday along Highway 529 in Marysville.Officials say the trees are being removed from less than a square mile so the area can function as an estuary.

Salmon could return to Columbia River

Salmon could soon return to the Columbia River for the first time in seven decades, according to a spokesman for the Confederated Tribes of Colville.Director of Natural Resources Cody Desautel tells KUOW radio in Seattle that his group will "trap…