Ashley Ahearn en Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports China has closed its doors to all shellfish imports from an area that stretches from northern California to Alaska. The state of Washington says it's losing as much as $600,000 a week.<p>Among the shellfish not being harvested is the geoduck, a long-necked clam that can fetch up to $150 per pound in China. It's a major export for the Pacific Northwest.<p>The Chinese government instituted the ban earlier this month after finding two bad clams. One from Alaska had high levels of the biotoxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:43:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 50899 at Climate Change Could Spell Final 'Chuckle' For Alpine Frog <p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 41192 at To Catch A Marten: Seeking Clues In Olympic National Forest It's about 25 degrees on a clear Saturday morning when Gregg Treinish — executive director of <a href="">Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation</a>, a nonprofit that puts volunteers to work gathering data for scientists around the world — gathers a small group of outdoor adventurers around him near the Duckabush River in the Olympic National Forest in Washington state.<p>The mission for this group: <a href="">help biologists figure out whether there are any martens left</a> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:07:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 27516 at What Killed Orca Victoria? Some Point To Naval Tests Few people know the orcas of Puget Sound as well as Ken Balcomb.<p>A researcher with the Center for Whale Research on Washington state's San Juan Island, Balcomb has been studying the whales for more than 30 years.<p>It takes Balcomb only a few seconds of listening to the squeaks and whistles of underwater whale recordings to recognize the different pods of orcas.<p>In one recording, Balcomb identifies the group known as the L Pod — the family many people in the area are talking about right now.<p>Orca L112, also known as Victoria, was a 3-year-old L Pod female who washed up dead on the Washin Wed, 16 May 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 11257 at