Latest Oceanography News

Alaska ferry system study looks at aging fleet, fewer riders

Nov. 14, 2019 10:05 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Transportation is considering how to act on a study addressing issues within the Alaska Marine Highway System, including an aging fleet and decreased ridership, officials said. The study conducted by research firm Northern Economics evaluated 11 options for...

Explorers discover WWII submarine that sank in 1944

Nov. 13, 2019 7:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A team of ocean explorers say a U.S. submarine with 80 sailors aboard when it disappeared in 1944 has been discovered in Japanese waters. The “Lost 52 Project” announced Sunday that the World War II Submarine USS Grayback was found in June after it had disappeared in February...

Researchers tag 50 sharks off Cape Cod this season

Nov. 12, 2019 3:59 PM EST

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Researchers have fitted 50 great white sharks found in Cape Cod waters this season with tracking and data-logging devices to study how the species kills seals to benefit public safety. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy uses two tags to study behavior — a standard acoustic...

Justices seem uncertain about reach of Clean Water Act

Nov. 6, 2019 1:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems uncertain about how to decide a closely watched case from Hawaii about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections. The justices heard arguments Wednesday about whether a sewage treatment plant needs a federal permit when it sends wastewater deep...

Sunshine State considers banning sunscreen bans

Nov. 5, 2019 4:52 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida tourist haven Key West wants to protect coral reefs that attract divers, so it's banning sunscreens that contain chemicals that could harm them. But Florida lawmakers who think it's more important to protect humans are moving toward outlawing the Key West's sunscreen ban...

Teacher saves caged puppy from drowning in Illinois lake

Nov. 4, 2019 2:57 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A teacher who rescued a caged puppy from drowning in a cold central Illinois lake over the weekend says the dog had been "clearly abused." Bryant Fritz, who teaches middle school science at Next Generation School in Champaign, was preparing to fish Saturday when he found a black and...

Company seeks to farm steelhead after Atlantic salmon escape

Nov. 3, 2019 9:05 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Last month, a net pen used for fish farming and operated by Cooke Aquaculture Pacific began to dip below the surface off Bainbridge Island. A hole in a pontoon left the structure's southeast corner partially submerged. Repairs were eventually made. But now as Cooke seeks to farm steelhead...

Marine biologist reports a sharp rise in stranded sunfish

Nov. 2, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — A marine biologist is reporting a sharp rise in number of sunfish stranded on Cape Cod beaches. The unusual-looking migratory fish, which can grow to nearly nine feet long and weigh thousands of pounds, can be found mid-to-late summer in Massachusetts. Marine biologist Carol "Krill"...

1-of-a-kind Coast Guard icebreaker visits Juneau on way home

Nov. 2, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The USCGC Healy visited Juneau, mooring downtown Oct. 27 on its way home to its homeport in Seattle. The Coast Guard's only medium icebreaker, the Healy has been conducting scientific research in the Arctic with researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the University of...

This year's algae bloom on Lake Erie ranks as fifth largest

Oct. 31, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Researchers say the harmful algae bloom on Lake Erie this past summer was the fifth largest since they began ranking them going back to 2002. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the bloom covered about 700 square miles by the end of August. Algae blooms have been a...