Mexico launches plan to mark vaquita porpoise reserve

Enviroment 03/21/19, 20:02

The Mexican government said Thursday it will use buoys to mark the reserve of the world's most endangered marine mammal, in a bid to save the last remaining 10 or so vaquita marina porpoises.The Environment Department promised to provide social programs and jobs for fishing communities in the upper Gulf ...

PHOTOS: Remembering the Exxon Valdez oil spill

U.S. 03/20/19, 23:03

It was just after midnight on March 24, 1989, when an Exxon Shipping Co. tanker ran aground outside the town of Valdez, Alaska, spewing millions of gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the pristine Prince William Sound.The world watched the aftermath unfold: scores of herring, sea otters and birds ...

Fish in river that famously caught fire now OK’d for dinner

Enviroment 03/19/19, 08:20

Fish in an Ohio river that became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in 1969 are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators say.The easing of fish consumption restrictions on the Cuyahoga River in northeast Ohio was lauded Monday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine as an important step toward ...

Cod fishery plummets to least valuable year since 1960s

U.S. 03/17/19, 09:32

Maine's cod fishery, once one of the most lucrative in the Northeast, has declined to the point that it had its least valuable year in more than a half-century in 2018.The state's industry harvesting the fish-and-chips staple goes back centuries, and it once brought millions of pounds of the fish ...

US regulators clear path for genetically modified salmon

Health 03/08/19, 17:27

U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light to salmon genetically modified to grow about twice as fast as normal, but the company behind it may face legal challenges before the fish can be sold domestically.The Food and Drug Administration said it lifted an alert had that had prevented AquaBounty ...

Scientists discover different kind of killer whale off Chile

U.S. 03/07/19, 17:10

For decades, there were tales from fishermen and tourists, even lots of photos, of a mysterious killer whale that just didn't look like all the others, but scientists had never seen one.Now they have.An international team of researchers says they found a couple dozen of these distinctly different orcas roaming ...

Greenhouse disrupting food systems with aquaponics

California 03/02/19, 01:05

Salmon aren't supposed to be swimming here.The lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens also are out of place.A 3-acre greenhouse, nearly twice the length of a football field, glows purple from its more than 1,100 LED grow lights — a sight that turns the heads of passing motorists on Interstate ...

Rare sea creature washes ashore in Southern California

California 03/01/19, 17:12

A 7-foot (215-centimeter) sea creature that washed ashore in Southern California has been identified as a hoodwinker sunfish, a recently identified rare species thought to live in the Southern Hemisphere. The University of California, Santa Barbara, said an intern spotted the stranded fish last week at Sands Beach in the university's ...

After fatal shark attack, some complain of slow response

U.S. 02/24/19, 12:14

Unease is growing among surfers, fishermen and residents of touristy Cape Cod that officials are responding far too slowly after last summer's shark attacks, which included the nation's lone human fatality of 2018. A long-awaited study looking at seal culling, shark barriers and other strategies is expected to launch soon, but ...

Future of Georgia port expansion hinges on oxygen injectors

U.S. 02/24/19, 11:18

A loud hum drones from a twisting array of machines and pipes connected to four towering metal cones that mix water from the Savannah River with oxygen filtered from the air before pumping it all back down to the river bottom at a rate of 30,000 gallons each minute.The Army ...

Ambitious new plan to save Atlantic salmon has big price tag

U.S. 02/14/19, 14:36

The federal government outlined an ambitious, potentially costly new plan to restore Atlantic salmon in the United States, where rivers teemed with the fish before dams, pollution and overfishing decimated their populations.The Atlantic salmon has declined in the U.S. to the point where the last remaining wild populations of in ...

Dutch fishermen try to avert EU ban on electric shocks

Europe 02/12/19, 11:28

Dutch fisherman protested Tuesday outside parliament in a last-ditch attempt to avert a European Union ban on the practice of using electric shocks to stun fish before scooping them up in nets.The Dutch fishermen argue that the technique, known as electric pulse fishing, is environmentally friendly because it allows trawlers ...

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

Enviroment 02/11/19, 21:39

Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area. At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling be allowed because of the effects ...

Scientists hope DNA in water could be way to save rare fish

Enviroment 02/10/19, 08:39

Scientists in Maine are using DNA to try to preserve the remaining populations of a fish that lives in 14 lakes and ponds in the state and nowhere else in the continental United States.The scientists are turning their eye to the Arctic charr, which is a species of landlocked fish ...

Though later than usual, Erie welcomes ice fishing season

U.S. 02/02/19, 13:37

Luke Soboleski and two friends dragged their equipment-laden sled onto the Misery Bay ice on a recent sunny afternoon, joining about 25 other huts dotting the popular Presque Isle State Park ice-fishing spot.Soboleski, 19, of McKean, and his friends drilled three holes — one for each fisherman — and then ...

Environmental group tests water after Brazil dam collapse

Enviroment 01/31/19, 13:26

An environmental group in Brazil has begun testing river water in areas around where a dam holding back mine waste collapsed.SOS Mata Atlantica made the first of several tests on Thursday about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) away from where a dam owned and operated by Vale collapsed.Preliminary results in the ...

Plan to help endangered salmon in Maine river abandoned

Tech 01/31/19, 11:47

A plan to test the use of a new technology to help endangered salmon in a Maine river has been abandoned, at least for now.Atlantic salmon return to very few rivers in the United States, and the most critical of those is the Penobscot River in Maine. Brookfield Renewable of ...

Sharks drawn to warm waters by Israeli coastal power plant

World 01/31/19, 01:32

A giant power plant with billowing smoke may not look like the most natural habitat for sea life. But the hot water gushing from an industrial plant in Israel's northern city of Hadera has drawn schools of sharks that are increasingly endangered by overfishing in the Mediterranean Sea. Now the ...

Waste unleashed from Brazil dam on its way to a larger river

Enviroment 01/30/19, 00:03

A torrent of muddy mining waste unleashed by a dam breach that killed at least 84 people in southeastern Brazil is now heading down a small river with high concentrations of iron oxide, threatening to contaminate a much larger river that provides drinking water to communities in five of the ...

Recreational fishing rules to be overhauled under new law

U.S. 01/13/19, 09:39

The rules that govern recreational marine fishing in the U.S. will get an overhaul due to a new law passed by Congress, and the country's millions of anglers and the groups that stake their livelihoods on them hope the changes will bring better management. The new standards are part of a ...

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