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This photo from video provided by Rob Gensorek of Basin Tackle Charleston shows firefighters rescuing the crew from a capsized crab boat in the harbor at Coos Bay, Ore., late Tuesday evening, Jan. 14, 2020. Three men were in good condition early Wednesday after being cut from inside the hull of the capsized boat. The 38-foot (11-meter) Pacific Miner was flipped upside-down by large waves late Tuesday and then got caught on rocks in a jetty in Coos Bay as the tide went out. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on a routine training mission spotted the vessel and launched a rescue, the agency said in a news release. (Rob Gensorek of Basin Tackle Charleston via AP)

Crab fishermen survive harrowing capsize off Oregon coast

Jan. 15, 2020 3:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three men were in good condition early Wednesday after being cut from inside the hull of a capsized crab boat off the Oregon coast. Their harrowing rescue was caught on video the night before. The 38-foot (11-meter) Pacific Miner was flipped upside-down by large waves in the middle...

Third baby right whale spotted, giving conservationists hope

Jan. 6, 2020 12:29 PM EST

A third right whale calf has been spotted off the southeastern United States, giving conservationists hope for the jeopardized species this winter. North Atlantic right whales number only about 411, and have been plagued by high mortality and poor reproduction in recent years. Not a single baby right whale was...

A ball cap with the name of the crab fishing boat Scandies Rose rests at the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Seattle. The search for five crew members of the Scandies Rose in Alaska has been suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard said after two other crew members of the vessel were rescued after the 130-foot crab fishing boat from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, sank on New Year's Eve. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Survivor of boat disaster: 'Sleeping to swimming' in minutes

Jan. 4, 2020 1:07 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A survivor of an Alaska crab boat sinking that left five fellow fishermen missing said the crew went from “sleeping to swimming" in minutes as rough seas and ice battered their vessel on New Year's Eve. “On the 31st, we just started listing really hard on the starboard...

FILE - In this March 28, 2018, file photo, a North Atlantic right whale surfaces in Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. The Maine Department of Marine Resources' proposal in 2020 for protecting endangered right whales from entanglements in lobster gear would maintain the status quo in the inshore waters, where most traps are located, while reducing the number of trap lines farther offshore. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Maine plan aims to reduce lobstering impact on right whales

Jan. 3, 2020 4:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's proposal for protecting endangered right whales from entanglements in lobster gear would maintain the status quo for the number of trap lines in inshore waters where most traps are located while reducing the number of lines farther offshore, officials said Friday. The Maine...

This undated photo shows the Scandies Rose vessel in Seattle. The search for five crew members of the Scandies Rose in Alaska has been suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard said after two other crew members of the vessel were rescued after the 130-foot crab fishing boat from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, sank on New Year's Eve.(Mike Fancher/The Seattle Times via AP)

5 crew members feared dead after Alaska fishing boat sinks

Jan. 2, 2020 8:26 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Five fishermen missing after a crab boat sank in the frigid waters off Alaska were feared dead after authorities called off a search for those working in the one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. Two other crew members were rescued after the disaster Tuesday, telling...

In a Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 photo, Robert T. Brown, right, president of the Maryland Waterman's Association, dredges for oysters with Matt Bernd on the Chesapeake Bay near Ridge, Md. A study estimated market-sized oysters dropped from 600 million in 1999 to about 300 million in the Maryland portion of the bay in 2018. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Chesapeake Bay oysters get more attention at pivotal time

Dec. 23, 2019 11:53 AM EST

RIDGE, Md. (AP) — Robert T. Brown pulled an oyster shell from a pile freshly harvested by a dredger from the Chesapeake Bay and talked enthusiastically about the larvae attached — a sign of a future generation critical to the health of the nation's largest estuary. On an overcast November morning,...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014, file photo, a Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) official wearing a radioactive protective gear stands in front of Advanced Liquid Processing Systems during a press tour at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Japan's economy and industry ministry has proposed gradually releasing or allowing to evaporate massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant.  The proposal made Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, to a body of experts is the first time the ministry has narrowed down the options available to just releasing the water. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Government proposes release of Fukushima water to sea or air

Dec. 23, 2019 6:13 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy and industry ministry proposed on Monday the gradual release or evaporation of massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water being stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant. The proposal to a group of experts is the first time the ministry has narrowed...

File-This June 16, 2016, file photo shows a Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchling crawling across the beach at Padre Island National Seashore during the 4th public sea turtle hatching release. Federal regulators have vastly scaled back a plan to make more shrimpers include escape hatches for small sea turtles in their nets. A conservation group, the Center for Biological Diversity, calls it

Plan to save sea turtles from shrimp boats scaled way back

Dec. 19, 2019 4:41 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A plan to make more shrimpers include sea turtle escape hatches in their nets has been vastly scaled back , federal regulators announced Thursday, potentially contributing to the deaths of more than 1,000 of the animals each year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 file photo a fisherman untangles a fish from his net in the port of the southern Spanish city of Barbate, Spain. European Union nations say the fish catch quotas they agreed upon for next year means they have made more headway in securing sustainable fishing in their waters — but environmentalists are strongly disputing that claim, it was reported on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019.  (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

EU claims better fishing rules; environmentalists disagree

Dec. 18, 2019 7:25 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations say the fish catch quotas they agreed upon for next year means they have made more headway in securing sustainable fishing in their waters — but environmentalists are strongly disputing that claim. EU fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius said Wednesday...

FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2011, file photo, a scallop is shucked at sea off the coast of Harpswell, Maine. The American scallop fishing industry has been experiencing strong years recently thanks to high demand from consumers and heavy catches from the fleet. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Customers might have to shell out for scallops in 2020

Dec. 15, 2019 9:59 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The good times of heavy shellfish hauls for the American scallop fishing industry are likely to continue into next year, though prices could rise for seafood lovers. The industry has been experiencing strong years recently thanks to high demand from consumers and heavy catches from...