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Aquaculture apprenticeship program taking shape in Maine

Jan. 15, 2022 10:48 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine science institute is working with the state's labor department to create an aquaculture apprenticeship program. There is an active aquaculture industry in Maine, where farmers grow oysters, mussels, seaweed and other seafood items. The Maine...

WA Supreme Court OKs Cooke Aquaculture steelhead farming

Jan. 13, 2022 23:31 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court unanimously upheld permits Thursday that will allow Cooke Aquaculture Pacific to farm steelhead trout in net pens in Washington waters. The decision clears the permit hurdle for the international aquaculture giant to change its...

Gator park among Colorado's most unusual tourist attractions

Jan. 02, 2022 10:16 AM EST

MOSCA, Colo. (AP) — As Jay Young rolls his pants up and wades into the murky pond, Elvis emits a guttural hissing. It sounds like a pressurized water hose cleaning out a barrel. Young taps the 12-foot-long, 600-pound alligator’s snout and the gnarly armored creature lunges...

SC wildlife officials plan trout release near Columbia

Dec. 26, 2021 11:33 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina wildlife officials are releasing thousands of trout into a river near Columbia. The trout are raised at the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery in Oconee County and range in size from 8 inches (20 centimeters) to 11 inches (28 centimeters), the...

Timber company returns waterfront property to tribe

Dec. 23, 2021 09:17 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Port Blakely Companies, a family-owned company with timber operations in the U.S. and New Zealand, has returned 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of waterfront and 125 acres (51 hectares) of tidelands on Little Skookum Inlet in Mason County to the Squaxin Island Tribe, at no cost. ...

Alaska proposal seeks funding for ocean farming, aquaculture

Dec. 20, 2021 15:47 PM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Ocean farming and aquaculture in Alaska’s coastal regions could get a boost from a federal grant program. The U.S. Economic Development Administration is taking grant applications as part of the American Rescue Plan that provides pandemic relief funding. ...

Volunteers raise oyster gardens to help restore reefs

Dec. 15, 2021 13:26 PM EST

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — It’s time to agitate the oysters at St. Stanislaus High School on Mississippi's Gulf coast. Students on a platform below the school’s long pier gently shake their oyster garden's wire cages as they pull them from the water, loosening mud and algae...

Boy spearheads effort to return Arctic grayling to Michigan

Dec. 12, 2021 01:11 AM EST

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — To understand how a 9-year-old boy became a champion of a fish that hasn’t been in Michigan for 85 years, we should first tell you about the love between the boy and his grandfather. When Declan O’Reilly was born, his granddad didn’t buy him a teddy...

Jonesport fish farm buys land, receives DEP approval

Dec. 05, 2021 12:05 PM EST

JONESPORT, Maine (AP) — A Dutch-owned firm looking to build a $110 million land-based fish farm in Jonesport has acquired property and received final permits from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The approval of the final DEP permits and the purchase of...

Power loss at Oregon hatchery means smaller salmon, trout

Dec. 04, 2021 10:17 AM EST

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Species like Chinook salmon, steelhead, and rainbow trout at a hatchery in southern Oregon will not grow as large as usual this winter. The Cole Rivers fish hatchery heats its water from October through April. But last April, a cable that connected...