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With restaurants closed, oyster farmers struggle

May. 24, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PORT SULPHUR, La. (AP) — Anita Arguelles’ husband, Mike, convinced her they should get into the oyster business. “He loves oysters,” she said. “He loves to talk about oysters. He loves to take them in the back of his truck in an ice cooler and go around and just open oysters up...

Plan for large salmon farm going ahead in Belfast, Maine

May. 22, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The developers of a planned salmon farm in Belfast said they're awaiting permits from the state to move ahead with the project. Nordic Aquafarms, which is based in Norway, wants to build the farm to produce tens of millions of pounds of salmon per year. The Maine Board of...

An Indian fisherman walks in the middle of heavy wind and rain in the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A powerful cyclone ripped through densely populated coastal India and Bangladesh, blowing off roofs and whipping up waves that swallowed embankments and bridges and left entire villages without access to fresh water, electricity and communications. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Deadly cyclone cuts destructive path in India and Bangladesh

May. 21, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Wide swaths of coastal India and Bangladesh were flooded and millions were without power Thursday as Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than a decade, killed over 80 people and cut a path of destruction that is still being assessed. Many parts of the Indian...

A lorry drives along a country road that between a flowering rape field and a freshly tilled field in Pattensen, Germany, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

EU wants to reduce pesticides use, promotes organic farming

May. 20, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission unveiled plans Wednesday to protect biodiversity across the 27-nation bloc while building a more sustainable food system, insisting on the need to both reduce the use of pesticides and promote organic farming. In line with its ambition of cutting greenhouse gas...

Report: Yakima water supply still healthy for farmers, fish

May. 8, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — There should be a healthy supply of water for farmers and fish in Washington state this season, despite a dry spring the last two months, a report said. The state Bureau of Reclamation said farmers with junior water rights are expected to receive a 91% supply, slightly down from...

WV's native brook trout propagation program shows promise

Apr. 25, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After a couple of lean years, West Virginia’s attempt to grow native brook trout in a hatchery is finally bearing fruit. Roughly 1,200 juvenile brook trout are growing inside the Reymann Farms aquaculture facility near Wardensville, and will be stocked in four Eastern...

In this Thursday, April 16, 2020 photo, eel fishermen use dip nets while fishing by lantern light in Yarmouth, Maine. The need to exercise social distancing while fishing is a change for elver fishermen, who sometimes line the most productive rivers and streams in the state cheek by jowl at the height of the season, which runs to early June. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Baby eel prices drop as Maine fishermen grapple with virus

Apr. 19, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The price of one of the most lucrative marine resources in Maine — baby eels — has tumbled as fishermen grapple with the difficulty of working around constraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Maine is the only U.S. state with a significant fishery for the valuable...

Report: Healthy water supply available for irrigation season

Apr. 7, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Yakima Basin water reservoir is about 102% of normal for this time of year, meaning farmers and fish in Washington state are expected to receive a healthy supply of water this year, a report said. The Washington state Bureau of Reclamation released the April report showing that...