Pacific Ocean

Roger Phillips / Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Many of the fish that return to Idaho from the Pacific Ocean are struggling. Idaho Fish and Game has called this year’s salmon fishing “disappointing.” And the Department just closed steelhead fishing statewide except for catch-and-release. So we asked why the fish aren’t coming home.

Diane Gilleland / Flickr

The Northwest is known for its love of coffee. Now evidence of that is showing up in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers have found low levels of caffeine at half a dozen locations on the Oregon Coast.

Caffeine does not occur naturally in the environment in the Pacific Northwest. Marine scientists believe the java jolt gets into seawater through treated sewage and septic runoff.

Northwest Lawmakers Upset With NOAA

Jul 18, 2012
NOAA/ Coastal Response Research Center

Lawmakers from the Northwest say a new federal grant to help clean up tsunami debris is just not enough to get the job done. They’re lobbying for millions of dollars to get rid of items washing ashore from last year’s tsunami in Japan.

Lawmakers are calling the debris a slow moving environmental disaster and its already starting to wash up on the region’s shores. The cleanup is expected to take years. Members of Congress are asking the federal government for more than forty million dollars to assist local officials in an unprecedented cleanup effort.