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Worldwide downturn in fishing unlikely to save uncommon species

Patrick Whittle and Christina Larson, Associated Press Updated 12:15 pm CDT, Monday, June 29, 2020 FILE - This March 25, 2020, file photo shows a small load of pollack being sorted as it comes off a boat at the Portland Fish Exchange in Portland, Maine. The amount of commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since…

Coronavirus Slowdown in Seattle Suggests Restrictions Are Working

Officials in Washington State worry that their gains are precarious, but they see evidence that containment strategies have lowered the rate of virus transmission.A sign on Interstate 5 in Seattle encouraged social distancing. Containment efforts in the region appear to be starting to slow the coronavirus’s spread.Credit...Ruth Fremson/The New York TimesMarch 29, 2020Updated 8:59 p.m.…

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