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A collaborative project between researchers and the West Coast sablefish fishing industry is showing promise for reducing the number of seabirds caught in longline fishing gear, in particular, several albatross species including one threatened with extinction.

The combination of using streamer lines (also called bird-scaring lines) to protect longline fishing gear from seabird attacks on baits, and setting hooks at night when the birds are less active can significantly reduce seabird mortality, the researchers say.

Results of the study were just published in the journal Fisheries Research.

The Clatsop County Commission will consider regulating short-term vacation rentals with a new ordinance that is intended to "ensure the safety and well-being of renters and limit conflicts with neighbors." according to a news release this (Monday) morning. 

The county points to the growing use of residential homes as vacation rentals as the reason the new rules are being considered and commissioners are asking for public comment in a hearing on a proposed short-term rental ordinance at its regular meeting Wednesday, Sept. 27 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria.

The mass of warm water known as "the blob" that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead.

Federal research surveys this summer caught among the lowest numbers of juvenile coho and Chinook salmon in 20 years, suggesting that many fish did not survive their first months at sea. Scientists warn that salmon fisheries may face hard times in the next few years.

Lincoln City Police Responded to the Spyglass Ridge Open Space on a welfare check of two individuals in a 1993 GMC Typhoon SUV. Upon arriving officers recognized the female in the driver's seat to be Nicolette Willey (Dryke) age 24, of Newport, OR and were aware she was wanted on a Felony warrant for Robbery out of Salem, OR.

The county board approved a memorandum of understanding between Clatsop County and the cities of Astoria, Cannon Beach, Gearhart, Seaside and Warrenton to fund a comprehensive study of local housing issues. Under the agreement, the county will pay $50,000 and the cities $10,000 each toward the cost of the study, for which the county will issue a request for proposals from potential contractors.

In other news from Clatsop County: 

Clatsop County Manager Cameron Moore announced the selection of Tracie Krevanko as the new County Clerk.

Krevanko replaces Valerie Crafard, who is retiring after three years at the post. Krevanko will begin Oct. 16.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and five Lower Columbia River ports are beginning the public scoping process to prepare an integrated environmental impact statement and long-term maintenance plan for the Lower Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel. The Plan will ensure the channel, extending upstream from the Mouth of Columbia River to Vancouver, Wash., is maintained and operational at its federally authorized 43-foot depth for another 20 years. The public outreach includes a meeting in Astoria at the Columbia River Maritime Museum Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

The Coast Guard suspended the search 8:56 p.m. for a missing man who reportedly fell off a cliff in Oswald West State Park, Oregon, Sunday.  The search was suspended after search efforts by an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Tillamook Bay and local responders were unsuccessful.

Lawmakers in Salem have decided to add another seat at the table for the Public Safety Coordinating Council. Clatsop County is looking for a person with a background working with victims of crime to join the county based organization of law enforcement, judges, and lay people who work to establish programs and services working with adults and juveniles in the criminal justice system in a cooperative setting. The goal is to promote healthy behaviors and to hold offenders accountable.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a hiker missing in Ecola State Park, between Seaside and Cannon Beach, near Tillamook Head Wednesday.

The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted the 29-year-old male from Chicago and transported him to emergency medical personnel waiting at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton for treatment of reported minor injuries and exhaustion.

Coast Guard crews rescued two from a boat taking on water near buoy 10 at the entrance of the Columbia River, Wednesday.

Two men were safely taken aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment and were transported to Hammond Marina where they were released with no reported medical issues.

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