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Larry Jimenez, 34, inflates his inner tube in preparation for open sea fishing, at Playa Escondida in La Guaira, Venezuela, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Venezuelans like Jimenez have turned to fishing the high sea on salvaged inner tubes for survival as the nationwide lockdown paralyzes an already crumbling economy and eliminates their jobs in construction and restaurants. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuelans brave open sea on tubes, fishing for survival

Aug. 15, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

LA GUAIRA, Venezuela (AP) — The biggest fear is a fishhook puncturing the inner tube that keeps them afloat far from shore. Then come sharks grabbing their catch and maybe biting their legs. And the current that threatens to pull them out to sea. A small but growing number of people in the coastal town of...

Sea turtle entangled in line, circled by sharks rescued

Aug. 15, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a sea turtle who was entangled in a fishing trap line and was being circled by sharks off New Jersey was rescued by a Coast Guard cutter. The Coast Guard says the stricken animal was reported Thursday afternoon 11 miles (18 kilometers) southeast of Cape May by the...

Surfer saved after friend punches shark in Australian attack

Aug. 15, 2020 12:48 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A woman has survived a great white shark attack on Australia’s east coast after her surfing companion repeatedly punched it until it let her go. Paramedics were called to Shelly Beach at Port Macquarie, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Sydney, on Saturday morning after the...

FILE - In this April 24, 2008, file photo, a sea lion eats a salmon in the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam in North Bonneville, Wash. Federal authorities on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, granted permission for Washington state, Oregon and several Native American tribes to begin killing hundreds of salmon-hungry sea lions in the Columbia River and its tributaries over the next five years. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

US allows killing sea lions eating at-risk Northwest salmon

Aug. 14, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities on Friday gave wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of helping struggling salmon and steelhead trout. The bulky marine mammals long ago figured out that they could feast on...

This January 2020 photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows construction on a new border wall in the wetlands at the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Arizona. The federal agency in charge of the refuge warned for several months that pumping water to build a border wall would decimate the habitat, and correspondence obtained by two environmental groups shows that U.S. Customs and Border Protection ignored most of those warnings and pulled water from wells so close to the refuge that some of its ponds went dry. (Laiken Jordahl/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

New border wall near unique wetlands endangered water supply

Aug. 14, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The agency in charge of building the border wall received repeated warnings: tap water from nearby wells, and the unique wetlands of southeastern Arizona — yes, Arizona — home to a variety of wildlife and endangered fish will go dry. Immigration officials didn’t head...

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2018, file photo shows the Yellow Pine Pit open-pit gold mine in the Stibnite Mining District in central Idaho, where a company hopes to start mining again. The U.S. government has released a draft environmental report on the potential effects of three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho proposed by a Canadian company. The U.S. Forest Service will take comments for 60 days on the documents released Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, involving British Columbia-based Midas Gold's plan that includes restoration work in the already heavily-mined area. (Riley Bunch/The Idaho Press-Tribune via AP, File)

U.S. releases draft assessment of Idaho open-pit gold mines

Aug. 14, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday released a draft environmental report on the potential effects of three open-pit gold mines in salmon habitat in central Idaho proposed by a Canadian company. The U.S. Forest Service will take comments for 60 days on the documents involving British...

Officials: Dump of spoiled milk leads to fish kill in Iowa

Aug. 14, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Environmental officials in Iowa are investigating a fish kill in a central Iowa creek they say was caused when a grocery store dumped 800 gallons of spoiled milk. The incident happened Wednesday morning when officials discovered a stretch of Fourmile Creek fouled by rancid milk and...

Louisiana has closed recreational red snapper season

Aug. 13, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana has closed its red snapper season for recreational anglers. And, though fishing license sales have gone way up during the coronavirus pandemic, that probably doesn't have much to do with red snapper catches, said a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and...

Michigan officials investigate fish kill on Escanaba River

Aug. 13, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a fish kill that affected a dozen species on the middle branch of the Escanaba River in the Upper Peninsula. The die-off was reported Aug. 9 on the 52-mile-long river, which is popular with anglers, officials said Wednesday. It happened near...

Correction: Fishing-Puget Sound story

Aug. 10, 2020 8:27 PM EDT
SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) — In a story August 6, 2020, about the sockeye salmon season for Baker Lake in northwest Washington state, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the season continues through Sept. 7. The season closed Aug. 3.