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This 2001 photo provided by Dr. Greg Skomal shows a shortfin mako shark off the coast of Massachusetts. In a study published on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, researchers found the abundance of oceanic sharks and rays has dropped more than 70% between 1970 and 2018. (Greg Skomal via AP)

Empty seas: Oceanic shark populations dropped 71% since 1970

Jan. 27, 2021 12:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When marine biologist Stuart Sandin talks about sharks, it sounds like he’s describing Jedis of the ocean. “They are terrific predators, fast swimmers and they have amazing senses — they can detect any disturbance in the ocean from great distance,” such as...

Ex-Fish and Wildlife employee gets jail for fuel theft

Jan. 25, 2021 5:24 PM EST

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A former employee of the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife who stole tens of thousands of dollars of fuel was sentenced to three months in jail and must pay nearly $57,000 in restitution. Bob Woodard had worked for the department for about 25 years and was an IT...

A new glass-bottom boat for the Silver Springs attraction is being built at St. John's Shipbuilding in Palatka, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Florida attraction to get glass-bottom boat for wheelchairs

Jan. 24, 2021 3:01 AM EST

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s 150 years of treating tourists to gushing springs, lolling manatees, curious fish and emerald grasses undulating in invisible currents is about to take a turn because of a chance remark. In 2015, Paula Russo, a volunteer for the Florida State Parks Foundation, set up a...

FILE-In this July 19, 2019 file photo, an Atlantic puffin carries bait fish it will feed its chick on Eastern Egg Rock, a small island off the coast of Maine. New protections to the herring population, a key food source for puffins, could help the birds survive. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, files)

Puffin stuff: Herring rules could boost funny-looking bird

Jan. 23, 2021 10:39 AM EST

BATH, Maine (AP) — The commercial fishery for herring has suffered in recent years due to new restrictions, but those same rules could benefit some of Maine's most beloved birds — puffins. Atlantic puffins, known for their colorful beaks and waddling walks, were once nearly gone from Maine, the only...

Massachusetts man wins Vermont lifetime hunting license

Jan. 23, 2021 9:28 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has won a lottery to hunt and fish in Vermont for free for the rest of his life. Robert Hubbard, 57, of Warwick, Massachusetts, was drawn as the winner from more than 19,400 tickets bought in 2020, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said this week. Sales...

Agency appeals order blocking Savannah River dam removal

Jan. 22, 2021 9:41 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is appealing a federal court decision that says it can't demolish a dam on the Savannah River. The Augusta Chronicle reports the agency gave notice this week that it would appeal a November decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel blocking the...

3 North Carolina catfish records were broken during pandemic

Jan. 22, 2021 8:37 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has given some people more time to fish. And that may be why three catfish catfish records were broken last year in North Carolina. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission announced the new records on Wednesday. They...

Time running out for Northwest salmon species, report says

Jan. 18, 2021 1:30 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington report has found one of the state's iconic fish is facing a threat to its existence as a result of climate change. The 2020 State of Salmon in Watersheds report by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found the state's salmon are “teetering on the brink...

Distillery, owner, facing criminal environmental charges

Jan. 18, 2021 12:27 PM EST

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia distillery and its owner have been indicted on multiple charges involving illegal dumping of industrial waste, authorities said. A Shenandoah County grand jury returned a 115-count indictment last week against Filibuster Distillery LLC and Siddharth Dilawri. The...

In this June 20, 2012, photo Chad Landress, a biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, holds a June sucker in Utah. Twenty years ago, June suckers were well on their way to oblivion due to Utahns’ use of Utah Lake as a place to dump pollution and stock with sport fish and other nonnatives. Today, the suckers are coming back in the wake of costly efforts to clean up the lake’s degraded habitat, rid its water of invasive carp, raise suckers at secure refuges and hatcheries, and restore a major delta that is hoped to once again serve as a safe nursery for young fish. (Paul Fraughton/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

A once-endangered fish is bouncing back in Utah Lake

Jan. 9, 2021 8:01 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Twenty years ago, June suckers were well on their way to oblivion due to Utahns’ use of Utah Lake as a place to dump pollution and stock with sport fish and other nonnatives. Few noticed the disappearance of the June sucker, regarded as a trash fish, until it was almost too...