Ocean

Coastal urbanization could boost biodiversity
Coastal urbanization could boost biodiversity
Environmental DNA surveys found higher diversity of clams and mud-dwelling species in populated Puget Sound.
Photos: Diving for delicacies
Photos: Diving for delicacies
One man braves frigid Alaskan seas to harvest sea cucumbers.
Sea otters on the rise, but shark bites stall range growth
Sea otters on the rise, but shark bites stall range growth
Can sea otters survive the recovery of great white sharks?
New tech could restore some quiet to noisy Western oceans
New tech could restore some quiet to noisy Western oceans
Underwater noise from construction can confuse and even injure marine animals.
Photos: Underwater wilderness in the Pacific Northwest
Photos: Underwater wilderness in the Pacific Northwest
A review of David Hall’s “Beneath Cold Seas”
Will the ouster of California green leaders imperil clean air?
Will the ouster of California green leaders imperil clean air?
High-profile turnover at state agencies reflect a culture split between grassroots demands and developer interests.
New report: West Coast waters face double threat
New report: West Coast waters face double threat
Ocean acidification, driven by global fossil fuel emissions, is being exacerbated by local pollution.
California Coastal Commission fires its executive director
California Coastal Commission fires its executive director
The decision exposes the quintessential coastline to damage, development and closures.
Can plant-based feeds make aquaculture sustainable?
Can plant-based feeds make aquaculture sustainable?
Some scientists are replacing sardines and anchovies with soybeans and corn as food for farmed fish.
Will GMO salmon harm Alaska’s fishing industry?
Will GMO salmon harm Alaska’s fishing industry?
Fishermen fear AquaBounty’s creation will collapse salmon prices, but history tells a more complex tale.
Legal challenges over Exxon Valdez sputter to an end
Legal challenges over Exxon Valdez sputter to an end
Lingering oil remains and ecological monitoring will continue. But Alaskans are moving on.
Oil spill funds race to catch up to rise in rail transportation
Oil spill funds race to catch up to rise in rail transportation
Risks shift from coastal facilities and marine vessels to inland pipelines and railways.
Sea lions feast on Columbia salmon
Sea lions feast on Columbia salmon
Fishermen, tribes and environmentalists flummoxed as predator numbers swell below Bonneville Dam.
Shell exacerbates housing shortage in Alaska port town
Shell exacerbates housing shortage in Alaska port town
Nation’s largest fishing port was already short on housing. With Shell in town, locals say things are getting worse.
How the Point Reyes oyster battles challenged our idea of wilderness
How the Point Reyes oyster battles challenged our idea of wilderness
Review of a new book, 'Oyster War' by Summer Brennan.
Climate showdown on the Willamette in Oregon
Climate showdown on the Willamette in Oregon
Activists target shipping hubs to influence fossil fuel development in Alaska.
For sea lions, a feast of salmon on the Columbia
For sea lions, a feast of salmon on the Columbia
Fishermen, tribes and environmentalists flummoxed as predator numbers swell below Washington's Bonneville Dam.
Washington’s Swinomish sue to halt Bakken oil trains
Washington’s Swinomish sue to halt Bakken oil trains
Many communities fight transport of crude oil through their towns; some find legal footing to succeed.
Unwanted California tires end up in rivers and beaches
Unwanted California tires end up in rivers and beaches
But efforts to use the trash as building materials in Mexico offer new hope.
A progress report on the Colorado River pulse
A progress report on the Colorado River pulse
Researchers are sifting through the impacts of last spring’s release.
Hard lessons from the mighty salmon runs of Bristol Bay
Hard lessons from the mighty salmon runs of Bristol Bay
The world’s longest ongoing salmon research reveals the astounding complexity of wild ecosystems -- and how easily it can be lost.