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Regulators to meet with lobstermen again on right whale plan

Aug. 23, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery regulators are planning a second round of meetings with lobstermen in the state to prepare for potential new restrictions designed to protect endangered whales. A federal government team has called for removal of many vertical trap lines from the Gulf of Maine to...

California sound system tries to keep whales and ships apart

Aug. 16, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists have installed an underwater sound system they hope will reduce collisions between whales and ships in the Santa Barbara Channel off Southern California. A listening station on the channel floor is able to capture whale calls as far away as 30 miles (48 kilometers),...

Humpback whale stranded, euthanized south of Newport

Aug. 15, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WALDPORT, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials say a juvenile humpback whale was euthanized after washing ashore southwest of Portland near Waldport. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports a team with the Oregon State University-based Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network was working Wednesday to relieve the 20-foot...

Meetings about new whale protections come to Maine this week

Aug. 13, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Representatives of the federal government are in Maine this week to gather feedback about the possibility of new protections for endangered whales. The National Marine Fisheries Service is conducting meetings with the public this month about potential new protections for the...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 9, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Trump's words meaningless without change The Day Aug. 5 It shouldn't be news that a president of the United States condemns white supremacists, but it was news when President Trump uttered such words Monday more clearly and emphatically than he had ever done before....

Citizen scientists sought for Alaska whale monitoring effort

Aug. 7, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A wildlife monitoring group is seeking citizen scientists to help track beluga whales off the Alaska coast, officials said. The Alaska Beluga Monitoring Partnership is offering volunteers an opportunity to help scientists understand more about Cook Inlet beluga whales, The Peninsula...

Stranded pilot whales saved from shallow Florida shoreline

Jul. 30, 2019 3:10 AM EDT

REDINGTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities and beachgoers came together to protect and transport five pilot whales trapped in shallow water along Florida's western shore. News outlets report the whales were first spotted Monday morning and biologists and beachgoers swung into action, covering the whales from...

Dead humpback whale found floating off Long Island

Jul. 26, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Scientists will look into what killed a humpback whale found floating off the southeastern eastern tip of Long Island. The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society says the 30-foot-long (9-meter-long) female whale was brought to a Montauk beach Friday. She was spotted Wednesday about six...

Why did whales beach themselves in Georgia? No answers yet

Jul. 25, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Examinations of the carcasses of three pilot whales yielded no immediate answers to why they swam ashore and died on a popular beach in Georgia, state wildlife officials said Thursday. Those were the only confirmed deaths after dozens of disoriented pilot whales on July 16 appeared...

Oregon fishing regulations aim to avoid whale entanglement

Jul. 23, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have proposed new regulations to avoid entangling whales in commercial fishing gear used by the state's Dungeness crab industry. The Daily Astorian reports state fishery officials presented recommendations to avoid unwanted whale interactions to the Oregon...