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Negotiators agree to boost salmon at Washington coast

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Washington's governor has announced a deal was reached for efforts to send more salmon in to Pacific Northwest waters.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday that representatives from the U.S. and Canada agreed to recommend the approval of new coast-wide fishing agreements under the Pacific Salmon Treaty.

The agreement would impact plans for chinook, coho and chum stocks from the years 2019 to 2028.

If approved, the treaty will result in more salmon returning to Washington and Oregon waters, according to a news release from the governor. Currently, many populations in the region are listed for protections under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Inslee noted salmon recovery efforts would in turn, help benefit orcas.

Inslee says this agreement comes at a crucial time as the amount of chinook salmon continues to decline around the Puget Sound.

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