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Port Orford, on Oregon’s South Coast, is held up as model for building sustainable fisheries. The port is home to the state’s first marine reserve and an innovative sustainable seafood co-op.

But fishers say sand shoals developing in the harbor are making Port Orford a more dangerous place to fish. That is something they’ve been saying since 2010, when the Army Corps of Engineers stopped dredging the port.

Top brass from the Army Corps of Engineers traveled to Port Orford Tuesday to deliver bad news. The corps says it can’t afford to dredge the fishing port now or in the foreseeable future; other small ports in the Northwest will face similar cuts.

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