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Interior boss: No monument changes planned, but up to Trump

May. 22, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Wednesday he has no plans for additional changes to national monuments that were recommended by his predecessor, but that it's ultimately up to President Donald Trump. The comments at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee meeting are the latest...

Court being asked to stop dolphin hunts in Japanese village

May. 16, 2019 11:34 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A court in central Japan began hearing arguments Friday over whether dolphin hunting violates animal cruelty laws. The plaintiffs are asking the district court in Wakayama prefecture to stop the permits from being issued. Prefectural Gov. Yoshinobu Nisaka issues the permits for the village of...

Grower says pick-your-own shellfish OK'd, then vetoed by NJ

May. 15, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — A grower of clams and oysters is shell-shocked after he says New Jersey environmental authorities gave him a permit for a pick-your-own shellfish program, only to reverse course just as the business was to begin. Matthew Gregg got a permit from the state Department of...

Harvest of shark species to be cut to avoid overfishing

May. 15, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal regulators say there will be a reduction this year in the harvest of a species of shark that is subject to commercial fishing. Fishermen catch spiny dogfish from Maine to North Carolina on the East Coast for use as food, though there is a limited market for the shark in the United...

Officials warn of fish from some Texas bays after accident

May. 14, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

BAYPORT, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials have advised people not to fish or eat seafood from parts of some Houston-area bays as cleanup continues following last week's tanker and barges accident and toxic leak. An official with the Texas Department of State Health Services on Tuesday said the advisory...

Hearing held on Oregon crab boat sinking that killed 3

May. 13, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The captain of a crabbing vessel that sank in high waves, killing him and two other fishermen, had methamphetamine and alcohol in his system, according to testimony Monday at the opening of a five-day U.S. Coast Guard hearing. Stephen Biernacki, 50, and crew members James Lacey, 48,...

Whalers fans still rooting, 22 years after the team's move

May. 10, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — For Mark Anderson, the opening game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins was a trip down memory lane. Anderson was watching Game 1 closely at a gathering in suburban Hartford Thursday night as the Bruins rallied to beat the Hurricanes 5-2 behind four goals in the...

Ocean coastline, closed to shellfish harvesting due to toxin

May. 10, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services has closed the state's ocean coastline and Hampton-Seabrook Harbor to shellfish harvesting because of a toxin that comes from what's known as red tide. New Hampshire Public Radio reports the DES found high levels of the toxin, which...

Scallops sales to fund ocean research on East Coast

May. 9, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The federal government says a program that sells scallops to pay for marine science will include a study of how shellfish harvesting impacts sea turtles in this year's projects. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside will...

Coast Guard rescues 5 Alaska fishermen from life raft

May. 7, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Coast Guard helicopter plucked five commercial fishermen from a life raft after their fishing boat ran aground in southeast Alaska. The crew of the Masonic, based in Sitka, radioed a mayday call just after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and said their 62-foot (18.9-meter) fishing boat was...