Latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration News

New voluntary slow zone off Nantucket to protect whales

Sep. 15, 2021 01:18 AM EDT

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — Federal officials are implementing a new slow zone off Massachusetts to try to protect a rare species of whale. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created the slow zone south of Nantucket on Sept. 11. It's designed to protect...

Feds responding to reports of oil, chemical spills after Ida

Sep. 02, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal and state agencies say they are responding to reports of oil and chemical spills resulting from Hurricane Ida following the publication of aerial photos by The Associated Press. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Nick Conger said...

Photos show black slick in water near Gulf oil rig after Ida

Sep. 01, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Photos show what appears to be a miles-long oil slick near an offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida, according to aerial survey imagery released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and reviewed by The Associated Press....

Lobster fishing will face restrictions to try to save whales

Aug. 31, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's lobster fishing industry will face a host of new harvesting restrictions amid a new push from the federal government to try to save a vanishing species of whale. The new rules, which have loomed over the profitable lobster industry for...

Mystic Aquarium requests to resume research; whale improving

Aug. 31, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

Officials at Mystic Aquarium are asking that they be allowed to resume research on four beluga whales, which was halted following the death of the fifth whale imported this spring from Canada. The request is part of a three-page report made public Monday by the...

NOAA asks for help locating stranded sea turtles

Aug. 29, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal ocean managers are asking beachgoers in New England and elsewhere to keep an eye out for stranded turtles. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office said several species of sea turtle...

NOAA extends right whale protection zone into September

Aug. 27, 2021 01:32 AM EDT

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government said it's extending a voluntary protective zone designed to help rare whales into September. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the protective zone is located south of Nantucket and it's designed to...

Federal official take action to protect Hawaii dolphins

Aug. 26, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Federal officials have taken a step toward protecting Hawaii's spinner dolphins. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a final environmental impact statement that proposes limiting how close people can get to spinner...

Feds eye new rules to protect right whales from fishing gear

Aug. 25, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal ocean regulators are considering new rules to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from fishing gear. The whales number only about 360 and are vulnerable to entanglement in the gear. Most of the government's efforts to protect...

Louisiana to have 1st delta-dominated site in estuary system

Aug. 22, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is considering which of three areas will become the first site dominated by a river delta in a federally sponsored network to protect, study and teach about estuaries. Nine virtual town hall meetings –- three each about the...