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Offshore wind project seen as key to clean energy gets OK

May. 11, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

An offshore wind project off Massachusetts that would create enough electricity to power 400,000 homes and is touted by backers as a key piece of America's transition to renewable energy was approved Tuesday by the federal government. The 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind...

Drone video shows endangered whales appearing to embrace

May. 10, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

WOODS HOLE, Mass. (AP) — Were these whales really hugging — or was it just a fluke? Drone video of two critically endangered North Atlantic right whales swimming in Cape Cod Bay shows the animals appearing to embrace one another with their flippers. ...

Gov seeks to broker peace between fishing, wind power

Apr. 28, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor introduced a proposal on Wednesday that would establish a decade-long moratorium on new offshore wind projects in state waters, but would not stop projects in federal waters from moving forward. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, a...

Decision on wind farm delayed over fisheries compensation

Apr. 28, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island coastal regulators, at the request of Gov. Daniel McKee, are delaying a key decision on an offshore wind farm to give the project developers more time to reach a compensation deal with the fishing industry. The Coastal Resources...

Mississippi finalizes plans for $21M in fishery relief

Apr. 22, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is finalizing its plans for allocating $21 million in federal relief for fishing industries harmed by the 2019 opening of a Mississippi River spillway in Louisiana. The money is supposed to go to businesses that were hurt by the spillway...

Derelict lobster traps, gear collected from beach

Apr. 18, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

RYE, N.H. (AP) — Members of New Hampshire's commercial fishing community joined volunteers to collect lobster traps and other gear that have been washed ashore by winter storms. The 27th annual cleanup event was held Sunday in Rye Harbor and the Hampton Harbor State...

Maine scallop divers soon to get out of water for the year

Apr. 10, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's scallop divers are entering their final few weeks of the season. The state's scallop fishery includes divers who plunge into frigid waters to collect the valuable seafood. Diver scallops are beloved in the culinary world. ...

Steep decline in giant sea turtles seen off US West Coast

Apr. 08, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Scientists were documenting stranded sea turtles on California's beaches nearly 40 years ago when they noticed that leatherbacks — massive sea turtles that date to the time of the dinosaurs — were among those washing up on shore. It was strange because the...

Coast Guard aids fisherman injured on boat off Nantucket

Mar. 28, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard came to the aid of a fisherman seriously injured on a commercial fishing vessel miles offshore in Massachusetts early Sunday. The guard said the crew of the Connecticut-based vessel “Furious” notified them at around 3:30...

Maine fisheries had productive '20 despite pandemic

Mar. 26, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's combined commercial fishing industries managed to top $500 million in value last year despite challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The state's fisheries were valued at about $516.8 million at the docks last year, the Maine...