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Hawaii aquaculture reached record sales of $83.2M last year

Oct. 20, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Farm-raised marine animal sales in Hawaii last year reached $83.2 million, breaking a record, a new federal report said. Aquaculture sales quoted in the report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture eclipsed the high of $78.2 million set in 2014. The increase appeared driven by sales of...

This 2004 image provided by the University of Rhode Island's Institute for Exploration and Center for Archaeological Oceanography and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Ocean Exploration shows the shoes of one of the possible victims of the Titanic disaster. A company’s plan to retrieve the Titanic’s radio has sparked a debate over whether the famous shipwreck still holds human remains. (Institute for Exploration and Center for Archaeological Oceanography/University of Rhode Island/NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration via AP)

Plan to retrieve Titanic radio spurs debate on human remains

Oct. 18, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — People have been diving to the Titanic's wreck for 35 years. No one has found human remains, according to the company that owns the salvage rights. But the company’s plan to retrieve the ship’s iconic radio equipment has sparked a debate: Could the world’s most...

This Oct. 1, 2020 photo shows the exterior of the Borgata casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On Oct. 13, 2020, a federal judge in Nevada ruled that a forensic examiner may go through a phone owned by a former Borgata exec who took a new job at the Ocean Casino resort to see if he had copied any Borgata customer information or trade secrets onto it. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Phone of casino exec in trade secrets flap to be examined

Oct. 16, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A forensic expert must examine the personal phone of an Atlantic City casino executive accused of taking valuable data on the Borgata's top customers to his new job at a competing casino, a federal judge has ruled. In a decision issued Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Gloria...

Boat Tori Murden McClure rowed across Atlantic is in exhibit

Oct. 14, 2020 4:08 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It's been more than 20 years since Kentuckian Tori Murden McClure became the first woman and first American to row a boat solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She has since become president of Spalding University in Louisville. Her boat, the American Pearl, endured, and is part of a new...

FILE - In this June 22, 2011, file photo, Tina Toomer, of the Bluffton Oyster Co., shows off the new net and turtle excluder device installed on the shrimp boat

Louisiana helps inshore shrimpers buy turtle escape hatches

Oct. 13, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will help inshore shrimpers buy turtle escape hatches that will be required next year for some boats in the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern Atlantic, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday. The $250,000 program will pay up to 60% of the cost for two of the grates called...

The research vessel 'Polarstern' returns to Bremerhaven, Germany, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The icebreaker, carrying scientists on a year-long international effort to study the high Arctic, has returned to its home port in Germany. (Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa via AP)

Scientists return from Arctic with wealth of climate data

Oct. 12, 2020 4:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An icebreaker carrying scientists on a year-long international effort to study the high Arctic has returned to its home port in Germany carrying a wealth of data that will help researchers better predict climate change in the decades to come. The RV Polarstern arrived Monday in the North Sea...

Damariscotta ready to protect against tidal river flooding

Oct. 11, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine (AP) — Damariscotta officials are using a federal grant to protect the downtown from the tidal Damariscotta River. Armed with $3 million in federal funds, plus more than $1 million in additional money, the town is developing plans for how to keep the river at bay during exceptionally...

This Oct. 8, 2020 photo made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Delta in the Gulf of Mexico at 12:41 p.m. EDT. Delta, gaining strength as it bears down on the U.S. Gulf Coast, is the latest and nastiest in a recent flurry of rapidly intensifying Atlantic hurricanes that scientists largely blame on global warming. (NOAA via AP)

Experts: Warming makes Delta, other storms power up faster

Oct. 8, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

Hurricane Delta, gaining strength as it bears down on the U.S. Gulf Coast, is the latest and nastiest in a recent flurry of rapidly intensifying Atlantic hurricanes that scientists largely blame on global warming. Earlier, before hitting Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and temporarily losing strength, Delta set...

In this June 2017 photo taken in the ACE Basin region of South Carolina and provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, a male black rail offers an insect to a female as part of their courtship behaviors. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, but stopped short of the stronger protections some environmentalists were seeking for the elusive bird now imperiled by habitat destruction, sea level rise, and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms with climate change.  (Christy Hand/South Carolina Department of Natural Resources via AP)

Elusive eastern black rail threatened by rising sea levels

Oct. 7, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, but stopped short of the stronger protections some environmentalists were seeking for the elusive bird, now imperiled by habitat destruction, sea level rise, and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms...

Critics vow to continue efforts to remove Snake River dams

Oct. 5, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Environmental groups are vowing to continue their fight to remove four dams on the Snake River in Washington state they say are killing salmon that are a key food source for endangered killer whales. But instead of working with federal agencies, conservationists intend to seek removal...