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Virus outbreaks shut down 2 Alaska seafood processing plants

Jan. 21, 2021 9:57 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — COVID-19 outbreaks have shut down operations at two of Alaska’s largest seafood processing plants in the Aleutian Islands. The plants owned separately by Trident Seafoods Corp. and UniSea Inc. are halting work as the lucrative crab and pollock seasons begin, Anchorage Daily...

FILE - In this May 8, 2017, file photo, is Arch Canyon within Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. President Joe Biden said Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, he plans to review the Trump administration's downsizing of the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments in southern Utah. Bears Ears National Monument is on lands considered sacred to Native Americans who joined environmental groups in suing when the boundaries were redrawn in 2017. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

Biden to review Trump's changes to national monuments

Jan. 20, 2021 7:20 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he plans to review the Trump administration's downsizing of two sprawling national monuments in the American Southwest, including one on lands considered sacred to Native Americans who joined environmental groups in suing when the boundaries were...

Maine enacts fishing closures to help protect scallops

Jan. 20, 2021 1:45 AM EST

JONESBORO, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery regulators have begun implementing scallop fishing closures to try to protect the population of the valuable shellfish. Maine's winter scallop fishery is one of the most lucrative in the state. The state uses localized fishing closures to allow young scallops to grow...

Trident Seafoods reports 4 COVID-19 cases at plant in Alaska

Jan. 19, 2021 10:14 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle-based seafood company has reported that four workers at its Alaska seafood plant tested positive for COVID-19, including one who was taken to a hospital. Trident Seafoods reported that the four employees were all roommates and have returned to work after undergoing a 14-day...

Police speak to a shellfish export truck driver as he is stopped for an unnecessary journey in London, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, during a demonstration by British Shellfish exporters to protest Brexit-related red tape they claim is suffocating their business. The drivers were later stopped by police and issued with fines for an 'unnecessary journey' due to the national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

UK seafood trucks protest at Parliament over Brexit red tape

Jan. 18, 2021 11:16 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Trucks owned by U.K. shellfish firms descended on Britain's Parliament Monday to protest the Brexit-related red tape they claim is suffocating their businesses. More than a dozen large lorries — one bearing the words “Brexit carnage!” — drove past the Houses of...

Federal report says pandemic hit seafood industry hard

Jan. 15, 2021 2:14 PM EST

The coronavirus pandemic has taken away about a third of the commercial fishing industry's revenue, according to a federal report released on Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said revenues from catch brought to the docks by commercial fishermen fell 29% over the course of the first...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, fishermen arrange crabs after their boat returned from a fishing trip to the harbour in Hartlepool, England. British fishing communities were among the strongest supporters of Brexit. But now some say they face ruin because of new red tape imposed by Britain’s departure from the European Union. One seafood firm has threatened to dump rotting crustaceans on the government’s doorstep if the situation doesn’t improve within days. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

UK fishers cry foul as Brexit red tape leaves catch rotting

Jan. 14, 2021 12:28 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British fishing communities were among the strongest supporters of Brexit. But now some say they face ruin because of new red tape imposed by the U.K.'s departure from the European Union. One seafood firm has threatened to dump rotting crustaceans on the government’s doorstep if the...

Heavy rain sends untreated wastewater into Puget Sound

Jan. 14, 2021 8:43 AM EST

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — The West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle sent 11 million gallons of untreated storm water and sewage into Puget Sound on Wednesday, King County’s wastewater treatment division announced, blaming the release on widespread power outages. Additionally, heavy rainfall...

Maine reviewing federal dredging project in Blue Hill area

Jan. 10, 2021 4:50 PM EST

BLUE HILL, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine are collecting public comments about the potential impact to the fishing industry of a proposed federal dredging project in the Blue Hill area. The Army Corp of Engineers and town of Blue Hill want to create a federal navigation channel in Blue Hill Harbor. It...

Volunteers answer call to transcribe 1844 whaler's journal

Jan. 10, 2021 11:28 AM EST

NEW LONDON, N.Y. (AP) — At least 35 volunteers are helping to decipher a 19th-century whaler's journal that New London's Custom House Maritime Museum acquired last year, The Day of New London reported. The volunteers are responding to a Jan. 3 email from the New London Maritime Society seeking help...