Latest Pacific Ocean News

US forecasters expect 10-16 tropical storms in active season

May. 24, 2018 1:02 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. government forecasters said Thursday that they expect an active Atlantic hurricane season — an announcement that came as odds increased that the first tropical weather system of the year was forming in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast...

Science and commercial satellites launched from California

May. 22, 2018 7:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a pair of U.S.-German science satellites and five commercial communications satellites into orbit from California on Tuesday. The rocket roared off from a pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:47 p.m. and arced over the Pacific Ocean west...

US says number of overfished fish stocks at all-time low

May. 17, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of American fish stocks that can be described as "overfished" has hit an all-time low, the U.S. government announced on Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the statement as part of its annual Status of Stocks Report to Congress. Six...

Correction: West Coast Volcanoes-Q&A story

May. 13, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In a story May 12 about West Coast volcanoes, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Hawaii was part of the "Ring of Fire," a Pacific Ocean area prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to subducting tectonic plates, and that the eruption of Kilauea had experts eyeing...

Canada divided over oil pipeline from tar sands to Pacific

May. 11, 2018 12:20 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A pipeline project that would vastly expand Canadian oil exports to Asia is dividing the country, pitting indigenous groups and people who fear damage to the scenic coastline near Vancouver against the central government and the influential energy industry. The Trans...

Surf's up, 100 miles inland at Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch

May. 3, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Surfing star Kelly Slater has not only found what could be the perfect wave, he's helped create it. Slater will introduce his Surf Ranch to the world this weekend, when the two-day Founders' Cup of Surfing is held in a nondescript patch of California's Central Valley, some 100 miles from...

Vanuatu plans to permanently evacuate entire volcanic island

May. 3, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Pacific nation of Vanuatu is preparing to permanently evacuate the entire population of one of its islands as thick ash spewing from a volcano kills crops, dirties water supplies and fouls the air. The 10,000 or so people who remain on Ambae island have mixed feelings...

Pelicans crash California graduation, 1 lands on red carpet

Apr. 30, 2018 9:31 PM EDT

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A pair of pelicans majoring in curiosity crashed a graduation ceremony at Pepperdine University in Malibu. The brown, dive-bombing birds joined the class of 2018 on Saturday as graduates were receiving diplomas on a lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A video shows one of the big...

US House moves to reverse order to aid salmon

Apr. 25, 2018 8:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that would reverse a federal judge's order to spill more water from four Pacific Northwest dams to help migrating salmon reach the Pacific Ocean. The bill, approved 225-189, would prevent any changes in dam operations until 2022. It was sponsored...

Pyrosome population growing again off of Oregon coast

Apr. 22, 2018 3:02 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — They're back. A lot of them. And they're reproducing. The invasion of the pyrosomes, gelatinous, translucent tube-like creatures ranging in size from less than an inch to a foot or more, continues in force off the coast of Oregon for a second year, baffling scientists. The creatures,...