Fisherman Phillip Russum says shoaling has made the Port Orford harbor a more dangerous and difficult place to work.
Fishing boats in Port Orford are hoisted out of the water by a pair of giant cranes and stored on a dry dock, as opposed to mooring.
Port Orford is filling with sand. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it doesn't have money to continue dredging it. That worries Tom Calvanese, a local biologist who commercially fishes for sea urchin.
Rodney Fisher has been fishing in Port Orford for 15 years. He's concerned that less experienced fishermen won't be able to navigate the harbor's shallow channel.
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