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After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

Nov. 14, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal...

Officials delay the Dungeness crab season, crabs aren’t big

Nov. 14, 2019 12:53 PM EST

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Traditional Christmas feasts featuring Dungeness crab may not be in the cards this year as officials have delayed the commercial crabbing season due to the small size of the crustaceans. The Mail Tribune reports that the season had been set to start Dec. 1 for Oregon’s most...

Plan would protect 21 coral hot spots in Gulf of Mexico

Nov. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EST

A plan to protect corals in the Gulf of Mexico is close to becoming a law, drawing cheers from environmental groups who believe leaving the corals alone would help vulnerable ocean ecosystems to grow. The plan would create 21 protected areas off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida....

Officials to seek input ways to regulate Madison River use

Nov. 12, 2019 6:34 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials on Tuesday decided to seek public input on several suggestions for easing crowding on the scenic Madison River. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission rejected petitions to limit guiding, bar boats from wade-only sections and limit overall angling use, saying none...

Win, Lose or Claw: 24 chow down in stone crab eating contest

Nov. 10, 2019 9:17 AM EST

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida resident has won a stone crab claw eating competition in the Florida Keys. Miamian Kevin Bombardier bested 23 rivals Saturday by cracking and consuming 25 stone crab claws in 14 minutes and 16 seconds, a new record at the Keys Fisheries Stone Crab Claw Eating Contest....

Maine scallop lottery to let new people in lucrative fishery

Nov. 8, 2019 12:46 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine fishing regulators are collecting the final entrants into a lottery to participate in one of the most lucrative marine industries in the state. The state uses a lottery system to give out new licenses for the scallop fishery. Friday's the final day for fishermen to enter the...

Slower lobster season means high prices, worried fishermen

Nov. 7, 2019 1:57 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A drop in the catch of lobsters off Maine has customers paying more and fishermen concerned about the future. Maine's harvest of lobsters was about 40% off last year's pace through September, and while October and November tend to be months of heavy lobster catch, wholesale prices...

Turtle returned to ocean after recovering from spear attack

Nov. 1, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A federally protected green sea turtle was released in the Florida Keys after recovering from a spear shot into its neck. The 150-pound (68-kilogram) female, dubbed "Splinter," returned to the Atlantic Ocean on Friday at Higgs Beach in Key West. The turtle was rescued off Key Largo...

Judge rules in favor of conservationists on whale protection

Oct. 29, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

A federal judge has ruled that two fishing areas off New England will remain closed to certain kinds of gear to protect an endangered species of whale. Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Monday that the government is forbidden from allowing gillnet fishing in the...

Environmentalists propose Mainers farm quahogs to beat pests

Oct. 27, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Maine (AP) — Few things are as embedded in Maine's culture — or its mud — as clams, and an environmental group thinks the key to saving the shellfish might be growing a different kind of bivalve along the state's coast. Manomet, based in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is proposing the...