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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...

Gray whale license plate funds $300K in research, protection

Feb. 5, 2020 2:45 PM EST

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Sales of Oregon's new gray whale license plate have raised about $300,000 for Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, which uses the funds to study the massive mammals that migrate from Mexico to feed off the U.S. West coast each summer. The license plate shows the image of...

In this handout photo taken in Jan. 2020 and provided by Nekton, scientists lower the “Limiting Factor” submarine into the Mediterranean Sea, part of sea trials before the next stage of the Nekton Mission begins in mid-March. A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean - into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches, but life still thrives. Scientists from the British-led Nekton Mission plan to survey wildlife and gauge the effects of climate change in the unexplored area. (Nekton via AP)

Scientists dive into 'Midnight Zone' to study dark ocean

Feb. 5, 2020 12:37 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean — into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches but life still thrives. Scientists from the British-led Nekton Mission plan to survey wildlife and gauge the effects of...

File - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, a female resident orca whale breaches while swimming in Puget Sound near Bainbridge Island, Wash., as seen from a federally permitted research vessel. The Center for Whale Research says a endangered large male orca is missing and presumed dead. The whale, known L41, was not with his family when researchers encountered them last week. L41's death would leave just 72 animals in the

Another endangered Northwest orca missing, feared dead

Jan. 28, 2020 8:02 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Another endangered orca is missing and presumed dead in the Pacific Northwest, a large male who had fathered many of the population's calves in the past three decades. The whale, born in 1977 and known as L41 or by the nickname Mega, was not with his family when researchers encountered them...

Crab larvae suffering shell damage from ocean acidification

Jan. 24, 2020 10:34 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Ocean acidification is damaging the shells of young Dungeness crab in the Pacific Northwest, an impact that scientists did not expect until much later this century, according to new research. A study released in the journal Science of the Total Environment this week is based on a 2016 survey...

Son of ex-US Rep. Christopher Collins spared prison

Jan. 23, 2020 7:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The son of former U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins was spared a prison sentence Thursday after pleading guilty in an insider trading conspiracy with his father. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ordered 27-year-old Cameron Collins to serve 500 hours of community service over the next five...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, an army zodiac secures the entrance of the new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. The Suez Canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, revolutionized maritime travel by creating a direct shipping route between the East and the West. But as Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of its opening, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway's lesser known legacies, the invasion of hundreds of non-native species that have driven the native marine life toward extinction and altered the delicate Mediterranean ecosystem with potentially devastating consequences. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species

Jan. 16, 2020 2:28 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish. The canal,...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, Guy Runco, director of the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, releases a common murre near the Anchorage small boat harbor in Anchorage, Alaska. Hundreds of thousands of common murres, a fast-flying seabird, died from starvation four winters ago in the North Pacific, and a new research paper attempts to explain why. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

Researchers tie massive Pacific seabird die-off to heat wave

Jan. 15, 2020 2:07 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Common murres look like skinny penguins but fly like F-15 fighter jets. The North Pacific seabirds can quickly cover hundreds of miles searching for schools of small forage fish. Their powerful wings let them dive more than 150 feet (46 meters) under water to gorge on capelin, sand...

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Review: Kristen Stewart can't save 'Underwater' from sinking

Jan. 9, 2020 9:39 AM EST

Welcome to January, which, in terms of quality movies, is the worst, the lowest, the abyss. Actually, that's pretty accurate when it comes to the latest, straight-to-January release “Underwater," which steals from “The Abyss” and many other movies like “Alien” and even...

Eggs from endangered sea turtle stolen from Thai beach

Jan. 6, 2020 9:07 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A community in southern Thailand has offered a reward for catching whoever stole dozens of unhatched eggs of an endangered turtle species. The Pacific Leatherback turtle eggs were stolen before dawn Sunday from a beach in the southern province of Phang-nga, said Pratom Rassamee, head of the...