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Proposed San Diego fish farm could be first in federal water

Sep. 21, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A research institute in San Diego and an investment group in Long Beach have teamed up to propose what could be the first open-ocean fish farm in federal waters off the southern California coast. Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and Pacific6 Enterprise proposed the Pacific Ocean AquaFarm...

This Sept. 10, 2020, photo provided by Erik Withalm shows the roll gates on the Leaburg Dam opened to release water and drain the lake behind the dam during the Holiday Farm Fire east of Eugene, Oregon. The local utility opened the dams to prevent wildfire debris and downed trees from snagging on the gates, but the move deprived the nearby Leaburg Fish Hatchery of fresh water. The hatchery was forced to release more than 1 million steelhead, chinook salmon and trout into the McKenzie River to save them. (Erik Withalm/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)

Fish in Oregon hatcheries die, released early as fires rage

Sep. 17, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As wildfires raged through Oregon, staff at fish hatcheries around the state raced to try to save – or prematurely release – millions of chinook salmon, steelhead and trout being raised in captivity to preserve fragile fish species, state officials said Thursday. About...

Maine's seafood industry in line for CARES Act relief

Sep. 6, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s seafood industry could get a $20 million boost this fall through funds made available under the federal CARES Act. Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher said state and federal officials are nearing final agreement on exactly how to allocate the funds. Maine...

Oyster industry in Alaska faces challenges during pandemic

Sep. 5, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Some oyster farmers in Alaska have raised concerns about the future of the mariculture industry amid declining oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic. Salty Lady Seafood Company owner Meta Mesdag said many of the business' challenges stem from the industry's reliance on state...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2008 file photo, an Atlantic salmon leaps out of the water at a Cooke Aquaculture farm pen near Eastport, Maine. President Donald Trump is hoping to dramatically upscale aquaculture in the U.S., including expanding the long controversial sector of offshore aquaculture. In May 2020, the president issued an executive order that promised broad changes in how the U.S. regulates fish farming. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Trump eyes aquaculture boom, but environmentalists dig in

Aug. 31, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to dramatically expand aquaculture production in the United States, but a coalition of environmentalists believes his plan would be bad for the oceans, unnecessary for food security and difficult to implement. Trump's bid to grow fish farming is designed...

Maine salmon farm on dry land faces final planning vote

Aug. 30, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The Board of Environmental Protection has issued draft permits for a company that wants to raise Atlantic salmon on land in huge tanks in Belfast, and the project faces a key final planning vote. Nordic Aquafarms Inc. has been met with opposition every step along the way since the...

Businesses in West Virginia, Kentucky can get disaster loans

Aug. 26, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Certain small businesses in several West Virginia and Kentucky counties can apply for loans as a result of excessive moisture and cold temperatures during April and May. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the Working Capital Disaster Loans on Monday. They are...

Large Maine salmon farm clears key regulatory hurdle

Aug. 25, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine environmental board has issued draft permits to the developer of a large salmon farm that would be built on land. Nordic Aquafarms wants to build the facility in Belfast. The Maine Board of Environmental Protection has said the facility's pollutant, wastewater discharge and...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 31, 2010 file picture, a ribbon of oil lines the bottom stalks of marsh grass at low tide in a cove in Barataria Bay on the coast of Louisiana.  Louisiana is getting another $205 million in BP oil spill money to restore its coast.   A news release from the governor's office, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020,  says the marsh project is again using such money to restore wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats in the Barataria Basin, one of the worst-hit areas during the Deepwater Horizon spill.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

$205M in BP spill money for Louisiana coastal restoration

Aug. 13, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is getting another $205 million in BP oil spill money to restore its coast. Most of that — $176 million — will use sediment dredged from the Mississippi River to build 1,200 acres (485 hectares) of marsh in Jefferson Parish. “This project continues...

Buyer of Arkansas park disclosed as Bass Pro Shops founder

Aug. 5, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Bass Pro Shops announced that the buyer of the abandoned Dogpatch theme park in Newton County is its founder. Though the identity of the buyer was kept a secret, the mailing address was disclosed as Springfield, Missouri, the city where Bass Pro is headquartered, the Arkansas...