Latest Oceans News

Atlantic City casino revenue up, but newbies hurt others

Jan. 14, 2019 3:26 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two reopened casinos and half a year of sports betting helped push Atlantic City's casino revenue up 7.5 percent in 2018 to nearly $2.86 billion, state gambling regulators said Monday. But the news was bad for most of the casinos that existed before the Hard Rock and Ocean Resort...

Recreational fishing rules to be overhauled under new law

Jan. 13, 2019 9:39 AM EST

The rules that govern recreational marine fishing in the U.S. will get an overhaul due to a new law passed by Congress, and the country's millions of anglers and the groups that stake their livelihoods on them hope the changes will bring better management. The new standards are part of a suite of changes that...

Hawaii's humpback whales to be counted despite fed shutdown

Jan. 12, 2019 3:53 PM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — An annual humpback whale count in Hawaii will take place despite the federal government shutdown. West Hawaii Today reported Friday that volunteers from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will coordinate this season's Ocean Count, a community citizen science project that...

SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

Jan. 11, 2019 5:56 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A SpaceX rocket delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit on Friday, completing a two-year campaign by Iridium Communications Inc. to replace its original fleet with a new generation of mobile communication technology and added global aircraft tracking capability. The Falcon 9 rocket...

APNewsBreak: Ocean Resort Casino changing hands

Jan. 10, 2019 3:51 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's Ocean Resort Casino is changing hands after just six months of operation, the latest indication that the New Jersey seaside resort may have bitten off more than it can chew when it reopened two shuttered casinos last summer. The property formerly known as Revel is...

Maine scientist finds tiny plants thrive under Greenland ice

Jan. 10, 2019 12:15 AM EST

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A study authored by a scientist with a Maine lab says microscopic plants are able to thrive beneath the ice that covers the Greenland Sea. Bigelow Laboratory in East Boothbay says the study will help researchers better understand the importance of the plants, called...

Huge trash-collecting boom in Pacific Ocean breaks apart

Jan. 6, 2019 2:58 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii has broken apart and will be hauled back to dry land for repairs. Boyan Slat, who launched the Pacific Ocean cleanup project, told NBC News last week that the...

Report: 16 dolphin deaths linked to red tide off Florida

Dec. 29, 2018 1:12 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Federal scientists have linked over a dozen dolphin deaths off Florida to a toxic algae bloom that has persisted in the Gulf of Mexico for over a year. Erin Fougeres says researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been "fairly overwhelmed" by the number...

Frenchman trying to cross Atlantic in barrel capsule

Dec. 27, 2018 4:03 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially constructed barrel capsule, designed to use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea. Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete his...

Japan to resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

Dec. 26, 2018 10:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual killings. Japan switched to what it calls research whaling...