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Puget Sound’s bottomfish may land on the Endangered Species List

Puget Sound’s bottomfish may land on the Endangered Species List The National Marine Fisheries Service said has begun a year-long biological “status review” of seven species of fish in Puget Sound as a first step to determine if they need protection under the Endangered Species Act. None of the species, interestingly, is a salmon. Several …

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No Refuge Strictly speaking, our National Marine Sanctuaries aren’t truly “sanctuaries” at all

No Refuge Strictly speaking, our National Marine Sanctuaries aren’t truly “sanctuaries” at all When Congress passed legislation creating National Marine Sanctuaries in 1972, it recognized that oceans are ecosystems, but lack the same kind of protection as special areas on land. “This Nation historically has recognized the importance of protecting special areas of its public …

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Is it Fresh? …and other important questions to ask at the seafood market

Is it Fresh? …and other important questions to ask at the seafood market by Elizabeth Grossman At low tide in Sitka, Alaska, I watched bald eagles, ravens and small shore birds dive for fish and feast on sea creatures along the beach. That evening friends shared Dungeness crab they’d just hauled out of the bay, …

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