fish

Environment
8:27 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Scientists Say Stop Worrying About Fukushima Radioactivity In West Coast Fish

It’s been almost 3 years since the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. Hundreds of millions of gallons of radioactive water were released from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Fish there have been contaminated and some Japanese fisheries are still closed due to ongoing leaks. That’s made many people nervous about eating fish caught on this side of the Pacific Ocean.

It’s a gray Sunday morning at the Ballard farmer’s market in Seattle.

[Market sound “Hey Charlie. You got your seahawks gear on.”]

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Fishing
3:44 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Dungeness Crab Has High Quality For Holiday Meals

Credit OR Department of Fish and Wildlife

New Year's is Lane County's second biggest day for Dungeness crab sales, after Christmas Eve. Just two weeks into the season, the quality of the meat seems excellent.

At this time last year, Dungeness season hadn't yet started, so crab fishermen and salespeople have already had a happier holiday. Will Dickman works at Newman's Fish Market in Eugene. He says this year's crabs have healthy color and lots of meat:

Dickman: "They're coming in around two pounds nowadays, which is pretty good. I think last year we were seeing more like pound and a half at the most."

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Pacific lamprey
7:15 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Creating A Northwest Lamprey Hatchery

7-month old lamprey.
Credit Courtney Flatt

Pacific lamprey numbers are quickly declining throughout Northwestern waters. Tribal elders remember times when the Columbia River was black with the eel-like fish.

Now, Northwest researchers are trying to develop a lamprey hatchery – the first of its kind in the world. But, there are challenges ahead.

Pacific lampreys were once a major staple in Northwest tribes’ diets. The oils were a source of vitamins. Babies used lamprey tails as teething rings.

Now, as numbers decline, lamprey only make it to the table during ceremonies or special occasions.

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River Management
10:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Merkley And Wyden Introduce Crooked River Collaborative Water Security Act

The Crooked River and Bowman Dam
Credit Panoramio.com

Legislation was introduced last week to improve water management on the Crooked River near Prineville.  Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley spoke Friday about the bill.

Merkley: "You know how we say here in the West: Whiskey, that's for drinking, and water, that's for fighting."

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