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Fishermen take case against paying for monitors to SCOTUS

Nov. 10, 2022 15:59 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of commercial fishermen is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the federal government from making them pay for workers who gather data aboard fishing boats. The fishermen harvest Atlantic herring off the East Coast and are opposed to a 2020 rule...

Feds unveil plan to grow wind power while sparing rare whale

Oct. 29, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has outlined a strategy to try to protect an endangered species of whale while also developing offshore wind power off the East Coast. President Joe Biden's administration has made a priority of encouraging offshore wind along the...

Drought snarls Mississippi River transit in blow to farmers

Oct. 28, 2022 10:10 AM EDT

ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER (AP) — Adam Thomas starts harvesting soybeans on his Illinois farm when the dew burns off in the morning. This year, dry weather accelerated the work, allowing him to start early. His problem was getting the soybeans to market. About 60% of the Midwest...

Drought, fire risk to stay high during third La Niña winter

Oct. 20, 2022 15:09 PM EDT

Drought and wildfire risks will remain elevated in the western states while warmer than average temperatures will greet the Southwest, Gulf Coast and East Coast this winter, federal weather officials said Thursday. La Niña, a weather pattern characterized by cold ocean temperatures...

Florida charter fishing boats bemoan dwindling mahi mahi

Oct. 16, 2022 03:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Jon Reynolds, a Florida Keys charter boat fishing captain, opened up a plastic trash bag during a meeting with federal regulators and pulled out a huge ball of thick monofilament line that’s used to target en masse mahi mahi, also commonly known as dolphinfish. He...

AP EXPLAINS: How one computer forecast model botched Ian

Oct. 07, 2022 10:57 AM EDT

As Hurricane Ian bore down on Florida, normally reliable computer forecast models couldn’t agree on where the killer storm would land. But government meteorologists are now figuring out what went wrong — and right. Much of the forecasting variation seems to be rooted in cool...

NOAA: Tampa Bay dropped 5 feet in storm reverse surge

Sep. 29, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The waters of Tampa Bay dropped 5 feet (1.5 meters) in a phenomenon known as reverse storm surge as powerful Hurricane Ian passed to the south, weather officials say. Then, it came back, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ...

Fishermen must be heard about whale rules, Maine gov says

Sep. 13, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor said Tuesday the federal government is moving ahead too quickly with potential new restrictions on the lobster fishing industry, and isn't taking the industry's concerns about the changes into account. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...