Federal grant will be used to protect whales on the Oregon Coast

By Destiny Alvarez

The Register-Guard

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By Destiny Alvarez

The Register-Guard

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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 by U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Oregon Democrats.

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