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Extinction bites: countries agree to protect sharks and rays

Aug. 25, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Countries have agreed to protect more than a dozen shark species at risk of extinction, in a move aimed at conserving some of the ocean's most awe-inspiring creatures who have themselves become prey to commercial fishing and the Chinese appetite for shark fin soup. Three proposals covering...

Tangier Island man gets 1 year for overharvesting oysters

Aug. 22, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A waterman from Tangier Island has been sentenced to a year in prison for overharvesting oysters. Forty-four-year-old Gregory Parks pleaded guilty earlier this year in federal court in Norfolk to harvesting 38 bushels of oysters in excess of daily limits while working between January...

Construction workers more prone to fatal opioid overdoses

Aug. 21, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State data shows that construction workers in Rhode Island are more prone to fatal opioid overdoses. The Providence Journal reports that Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force data shows a quarter of the 569 overdose deaths between 2016 and 2018 came from fields that...

East Coast squid fishery to be restricted through end of '19

Aug. 20, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal fishing managers are restricting the fishery for a commercially important species of squid for the rest of the year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says restrictions on the fishery for illex squid, which are also called shortfin squid, begin on Wednesday...

'Codfather' settlement means magnate will never fish again

Aug. 19, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement with Carlos...

Body of missing boater found in Maine cove after week search

Aug. 19, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

BREMEN, Maine (AP) — The Maine Marine Patrol says it has recovered the body of a man who had been missing for a week after his skiff was found adrift in a harbor. The patrol says the body of 63-year-old Glenn Murdoch, of Bremen, was found by a commercial fishing vessel at about 11 a.m. on Monday. The...

Shellfish harvest sites closed for unusually long time

Aug. 19, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine has recently lifted long closures of several shellfish harvest sites due to the potentially fatal biological toxin known as red tide. The Portland Press Herald reports this year's closure remained in place for three months in parts of southern Maine, nearly three times as long...

4 suspects charged in theft of 40,000 oysters in Florida

Aug. 9, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials say four people, including a mother and son, are facing charges for the theft of 40,000 oysters from a lease belonging to a commercial fishing company. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials in Pensacola said this week that the four...

Ban lifted on shellfish harvesting along coastline, harbor

Aug. 9, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services has lifted a ban on most shellfish harvesting along the state's ocean coastline and Hampton-Seabrook Harbor after a drop in toxic algae bloom known as red tide. The harvest closure went into effect on May 9 in response to elevated...

Correction: Exchange-Scientists Sharks story

Aug. 9, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

WACHAPREAGUE, Va. (AP) — An Aug. 2 member exchange about Virginia scientists researching sharks contained an incorrect spelling for the name of a Virginia Institute of Marine Science intern. Her name is Bethany Brodbeck, not Brodback. A corrected version of the story is below: Scientists are trying to keep...