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The crew on a lobster boat hauls traps at sunrise, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, off Portland, Maine. The state's lobster fishermen braced for a difficult summer this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the season was unexpectedly decent. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine lobster business salvaged its summer despite pandemic

Sep. 26, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's lobster fishermen braced for a difficult summer this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but then the unexpected happened. They kept catching lobsters, and people kept buying them. The pandemic has posed significant challenges for the state's lobster fishery, which is...

FILE - In this March 23, 2016 file photo, a foreign worker unloads fish from a U.S. fishing vessel at Pier 38 in Honolulu. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 the Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments on the legality of issuing licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii's longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable labor practices.(AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Hawaii court hears case on legality of foreign fishing labor

Sep. 18, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on the legality of granting licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii’s longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable...

Corbin Boyce holds an American flag on the beach near Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, as strong winds and rough waves from Hurricane Sally scour the shoreline. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

The Latest: Sally's winds increase to 90 mph

Sep. 16, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather (all times local): PENSACOLA, Fla. — Hurricane Sally is strengthening as it creeps toward Florida and Alabama. The National Hurricane Center says the Category 1 storm's winds have increased to 90 mph (150 kph). Sally was centered about 65 miles (105...

Clams are placed into a bucket by digger Mike Soule, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Freeport, Maine. America's industry for the wild harvesting of softshell clams is located almost entirely in Maine and Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

They can dig it: New England clammers press through pandemic

Sep. 7, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — For New England's vanishing commercial clam harvesters, the coronavirus pandemic represents only the most recent in a string of setbacks that have held down the centuries-old industry. The clamdiggers, who pull softshell clams for use in chowders and clambakes from tidal muck, have...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, lobsters await shipping at a wholesale distributer in Arundel, Maine.  The United States and the European Union have announced a modest agreement to cut tariffs on less than $300 million worth of annual trade between them. The EU will drop import taxes on U.S. lobsters for the next five years and will work to make the move permanent.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Lobster fisher's pro-Trump speech sets off political spat

Aug. 25, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine lobster fisher spoke in favor of President Donald Trump's trade policies during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, earning a rebuke from the state's Democratic party, which faults Trump for hurting the industry. Swan Island lobster harvester Jason Joyce said he...

FILE - In this March 31, 2016 file photo, fishermen and buyers gather at a tuna auction at Donggang fishery port in Taiwan. The United States is halting imports from a Taiwan-based fishing vessel that reportedly has supplied the global tuna trading company that acquired Bumble Bee Seafoods this year. The Trump administration acted after reports of abusive conditions and forced labor.  (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

US halts imports linked to Taiwan-based fishing vessel

Aug. 20, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Accounts of abusive conditions and forced labor have prompted the U.S. to halt imports from a Taiwan-based fishing vessel that reportedly has supplied the global tuna trading company that acquired Bumble Bee Seafoods this year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued the order blocking...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 1990 file photo, Boston Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque (77) reaches over the back of Hartford Whaler Dean Evason (12) trying to get to the puck behind Boston's goal during first period action in the Boston. The NHL hasn't had best-of-five playoff series since 1986. That's changing for this year with the league expanding to 24 playoff teams as part of its restart. The qualifying round will feature 16 teams facing off in best-of-five series to determine who moves on. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Throwback 5-game series force players to 'embrace the grind'

Jul. 29, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

Fans counted down the seconds to the final buzzer, “Brass Bonanza” played over the speakers at Hartford Civic Center and Whalers players Dave Tippett, Joel Quenneville and Dean Evason celebrated a three-game sweep of the Quebec Nordiques. Wait, Hartford Whalers? Quebec Nordiques? Three-game sweep? ...