Latest Oceans News

Device to trap plastic waste in Pacific Ocean relaunches

Jun. 22, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in second attempt to clean up a huge island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. Boyan Slat, creator of The Ocean Cleanup project, announced on Twitter that a 2,000-foot (600-meter)...

Emaciated polar bear found in Russia taken for treatment

Jun. 21, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An emaciated polar bear seen roaming around an industrial city in Russia far south of its normal sea ice hunting grounds is being transported to a zoo for examination and treatment. The bear was spotted earlier this week in Norilsk, a city of 175,000 people that above the Arctic Circle but...

Whales from Chinese aquarium starting retirement in Iceland

Jun. 19, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A pair of seasoned performers received a warm welcome Wednesday in Iceland, where the two beluga whales that previously lived at an aquarium in China will help populate a sanctuary for formerly captive marine mammals. Conservationists celebrated when a plane from Shanghai carrying...

Audubon intervenes to protect ocean monument for puffins

Jun. 15, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Audubon Society is getting involved in a lawsuit over the future of a national monument in the ocean off New England because of the area's importance to seabirds, especially colorfully beaked puffins. Fishing groups sued in federal court against creation of Northeast...

Environmental group sues over ice seal habitat decision

Jun. 13, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An environmental group sued the Trump administration Thursday for failing to designate critical habitat for two species of seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Department of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries...

In hot water? Study says warming may reduce sea life by 17%

Jun. 11, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's oceans will likely lose about one-sixth of their fish and other marine life by the end of the century if climate change continues on its current path, a new study says. Every degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) that the world's oceans warm, the total mass of sea animals is...

Near-record 'dead zone' predicted in Gulf of Mexico

Jun. 11, 2019 12:51 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists are predicting a near-record Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" where the water holds too little oxygen to sustain marine life. "A major factor contributing to the large dead zone this year is the abnormally high amount of spring rainfall in many parts of the Mississippi River...

Testing shows these waves are sick, in totally the wrong way

Jun. 9, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Most surfers know it's best to avoid surfing near pipes that dump storm water into the ocean soon after a storm, due to the increased chance of getting sick from bacteria that enter the surf. Many do it anyway because the periods just after storms often bring bigger waves,...

Firm to reapply for permits to build northeast gas pipeline

Jun. 6, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — An Oklahoma company says it will reapply to build a hotly contested pipeline that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, and under a bay and the ocean to New York. Tulsa-based Williams Companies says it will reapply for key environmental permits that were...

Small island of Kauai dotted with spectacular golf courses

Jun. 5, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii has some of the most beautiful and memorable golf courses in the world. And the quiet island of Kauai may have the most picturesque courses on the islands — or anywhere else. From Poipu Bay in the south, where Tiger Woods once reigned, to Princeville and the rainforests...