The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife received a $278,856 federal grant Friday to help fund its program to improve environmental conditions for whales off the Oregon Coast by reducing the risk of whales entangled in fishing gear.
The Funded Species Recovery grant, awarded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was announced Aug. 9, by U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Oregon representatives.
“Oregon has a proud history of conservation, and fishing is the lifeblood of our coastal communities economies,” Wyden said in a news release. “This important investment is a win-win on both fronts, protecting threatened