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Divers swim with giant great white shark off Oahu's coast

Jan. 17, 2019 3:26 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Divers monitoring a rotting whale carcass off the shores of Oahu this week found themselves face-to-face with a massive great white shark, prompting state officials to warn recreational divers and snorkelers to stay out of the water near the dead sperm whale amid reports some people have...

Governor's report: Salmon runs not improving despite efforts

Jan. 16, 2019 8:00 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new Washington state report says that despite two decades of recovery efforts, some salmon runs still declining. The report , released Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee's Salmon Recovery Office, found that in most of the state, salmon populations are below recovery goals. Fifteen of...

Recreational fishing rules to be overhauled under new law

Jan. 13, 2019 9:39 AM EST

The rules that govern recreational marine fishing in the U.S. will get an overhaul due to a new law passed by Congress, and the country's millions of anglers and the groups that stake their livelihoods on them hope the changes will bring better management. The new standards are part of a suite of changes that...

Oregon begins killing sea lions after relocation fails

Jan. 10, 2019 7:51 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have started killing California sea lions that threaten a fragile and unique type of trout in the Willamette River, a body of water that's miles inland from the coastal areas where the massive carnivorous aquatic mammals usually congregate to feed. The state...

California surfer survives shark attack, gets 50 stitches

Jan. 10, 2019 3:17 AM EST

LOS OSOS, Calif. (AP) — A surfer suffered leg bites but survived a shark attack on California's Central Coast after kicking the massive fish away. Nick Wapner, 19, was bitten on Tuesday morning while he was surfing with friends off Montana de Oro State Park, the Tribune of San Luis Obispo reported. The...

Bluefin goes for $3 million at 1st 2019 sale at Tokyo market

Jan. 5, 2019 8:51 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A 612-pound (278-kilogram) bluefin tuna sold for a record 333.6 million yen ($3 million) at the first auction of 2019, after Tokyo's famed Tsukiji market was moved to a new site on the city's waterfront. The winning bid for the prized but threatened species at the predawn auction Saturday was...

2 more Puget Sound orcas predicted to die by summer

Jan. 3, 2019 2:09 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Two more Puget Sound orcas are ailing and probably will be dead by summer, according an expert on the critically endangered population of killer whales that live in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Drone photography taken this past September showed the ailing population of orcas known as...

Federal program pays $1.4 million to pikeminnow anglers

Dec. 22, 2018 2:56 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A program that pays anglers to catch a predator that eats young salmon and steelhead resulted in more than 180,000 northern pikeminnows being caught and killed in the Columbia and Snake rivers this year, federal officials say. The anglers were paid $1.4 million for catching northern...

In the land of Jaws, a real-life shark debate

Dec. 21, 2018 10:41 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The seaside destination that gave the world Jaws is going through its own, real-life shark crisis. Two shark attacks, including the nation's lone human fatality so far this year, have sparked months of debate on Cape Cod about how to respond before the start of the next beach season. The...

Thailand to honor beautiful, violent Siamese fighting fish

Dec. 21, 2018 7:37 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Siamese fighting fish, a popular beauty in home aquariums and a popular bet for gamblers for their violent territoriality, is set to become Thailand's national aquatic animal. The often brightly-hued fish is also called a betta, but government minister Suwapan Tanyuvardhana noted the...