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Maine looking for applicants for lucrative baby eel lottery

Feb. 18, 2020 5:30 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine fishermen have a few days left to apply to participate in a lottery for a license to harvest baby eels, which are among the most valuable resources in the state. Fishermen catch baby eels, called elvers, from rivers and streams in Maine so they can be used by aquaculture...

SBA: Loans available for Virginia businesses hit by drought

Feb. 14, 2020 4:19 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that loans are available to Virginia small businesses, agricultural cooperatives, and private nonprofit organizations as a result of a drought that began in August. The SBA said in a news release that loans are available in more than...

Residents of Maine city want to halt large salmon farm

Feb. 14, 2020 1:15 AM EST

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Dozens of Maine residents told the state they're opposed to the building of a large salmon farm in the coastal city of Belfast. The proposal from Norwegian-owned Nordic Aquafarms would create a $500 million salmon farm that uses land-based facilities to grow the fish for human...

Washington state salmon hatcheries damaged by heavy rains

Feb. 13, 2020 5:00 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Recent rain has damaged some salmon hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest, Washington state wildlife experts said. Flooding inundated some of the facilities, young salmon were swept away and sediment spilled into egg strays killing some of the unborn fish, KOMO-TV reported Wednesday. The...

Groups sue Washington wildlife agency over steelhead farms

Feb. 13, 2020 8:32 AM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Four nonprofits filed a joint lawsuit Tuesday against the state Department of Fish & Wildlife for issuing a permit for steelhead farms in the marine waters of Skagit and Kitsap counties. The Skagit Valley Herald reports Wild Fish Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity,...

In this Feb. 11, 2020, photo, Asian carp are unloaded at Two Rivers Fisheries in Wickliffe, Ky. Asian carp were imported to the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s as an eco-friendly alternative to poisons for ridding southern fish farms and sewage lagoons of algae, weeds and parasites. The advance of the invasive carp, however, threatens to upend aquatic ecosystems, starve out native fish and wipe out endangered mussel and snail populations along the Mississippi River and dozens of tributaries. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

Feb. 12, 2020 12:12 PM EST

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets. The ongoing roundup on wind-rippled Kentucky Lake...

Omega Protein's Menhaden processing plant on Cockrell's Creek in Reedville, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. The last east coast fishery now produces fish oil for health supplements and faces a possible moratorium over concerns about overfishing in the Chesapeake Bay. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Last of its kind, fishery faces reckoning in Chesapeake Bay

Feb. 11, 2020 11:33 AM EST

REEDVILLE, Va. (AP) — For a guy who left school after 11th grade, George Ball figures he has the best-paying job available on this rural stretch of Chesapeake Bay shoreline. He catches a fish called Atlantic menhaden, used to make fish oil pills and farm-raised salmon feed, and earns about $50,000 a...

2 Idaho-based trout farms combine in acquisition deal

Feb. 5, 2020 4:22 PM EST

FILER, Idaho (AP) — Idaho trout farm Riverence Holdings has announced the acquisition of its larger competitor Clear Springs Foods and now controls the majority of the market share in the state. Riverence founder and television writer David Kelley made the announcement Saturday. Riverence grows steelhead...

Oklahoma City uncovers rental scooters in Bricktown Canal

Feb. 1, 2020 4:17 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City crews have uncovered 28 rentable Lime-S electric scooters in the mile-long Bricktown Canal after draining 3 million gallons of water. Parks and Recreation crews also found four skateboards, a bicycle and a wheelchair while performing the canal cleanup as the city aims to...

A woman walks along a park covered in volcanic-ash at a town near Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Sunday Jan. 19, 2020. Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be

Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents

Jan. 19, 2020 9:03 PM EST

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government will no longer allow people to live on the crater-studded island that's home to the erupting Taal volcano, with officials warning that living there would be “like having a gun pointed at you." The simmering volcano has ejected smaller ash plumes...