Seattle Times environment reporter Lynda Mapes joins The Overcast to talk about a spate of Pacific Northwest calamities - too many Atlantic farmed salmon and too few Pacific salmon and missing martens.

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Nature seems out of balance in the Pacific Northwest.

A hundred thousand farmed Atlantic salmon escaped damaged pens into Puget Sound waters. Meanwhile, scientists surveying Pacific chinook salmon off the Washington and Oregon coasts report an alarming absence of the native fish. And in the Olympic Mountains, the nocturnal mammal known as the marten seem to have all but vanished.

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What’s going on? Are Gov. Jay Inslee and other leaders doing anything? You won’t find a better guide for these questions than Seattle Times environment reporter Lynda V. Mapes, who explains her recent reporting on this Episode 56 of The Overcast, the Seattle Times weekly politics and news podcast.

Mapes, a veteran reporter and author, gives podcast hosts Daniel Beekman and Jim Brunner her informed take on the common thread of climate and environmental change that may link all these calamities.

Mapes also goes behind the scenes on on her latest scoop – how a fish-farm conglomerate offered to pay off the Lummi Nation in exchange for silence on the possibility of banning farmed Atlantic salmon in Puget Sound. (The tribe refused.)

This episode was recorded at the Seattle studios of 88.5 FM KNKX with aid of reporter Simone Alicea, as part of an ongoing partnership.

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