Latest Oceans News

Tree farm or warehouses: Which is better for Biscayne Bay?

May. 21, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It might seem like an easy question. What’s better for the environment, a tree farm or a crop of warehouses? But with a massive development and an unprecedented expansion of Miami-Dade’s urban development boundary on the line, that question has developers and...

Deep beach holes are dangerous, Outer Banks town warns

May. 18, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

A town on North Carolina's Outer Banks issued a public plea to beachgoers about the dangers of digging holes on the oceanfront just hours before a man died at a New Jersey beach when a hole collapsed on him. Officials from Kill Devil Hills posted a picture Tuesday on Facebook showing...

UN floats plan to boost renewables as climate worries mount

May. 18, 2022 09:37 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations chief on Wednesday launched a five-point plan to jump-start broader use of renewable energies, hoping to revive world attention on climate change as the U.N.’s weather agency said greenhouse gas concentrations, ocean heat, sea-level rise, and ocean acidification...

20 years since Navy ship sunk for artificial reef in Keys

May. 17, 2022 06:02 AM EDT

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — The 20th anniversary of the storied intentional sinking of a former Naval ship to become an artificial reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is being celebrated Tuesday in Key Largo. The 510-foot-long (155-meter-long) Spiegel Grove earned...

California nixes plant, but says open to desalination

May. 13, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California officials have nixed a proposal for a $1.4 billion desalination plant but say they're open to growing the state's capacity to turn Pacific Ocean seawater into drinking water to buffer against persistent drought. After an hours-long...

2nd arrest after viral video shows popped balloons in bay

May. 13, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A second person has been arrested after a viral video showed people popping party balloons on a yacht at a South Florida marina and dumping the rubbery scraps into the bay, officials said. A 26-year-old woman was arrested Friday and charged with willful disregard for...

Agency unanimously rejects California desalination project

May. 13, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California coastal panel on Thursday rejected a long-standing proposal to build a $1.4 billion seawater desalination plant to turn Pacific Ocean water into drinking water as the state grapples with persistent drought that is expected to worsen in coming years...

Biden cancels offshore oil lease sales in Gulf Coast, Alaska

May. 12, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is canceling three oil and gas lease sales scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska, removing millions of acres from possible drilling as U.S. gas prices reach record highs. The Interior Department announced the decision...

Florida: Viral video shows popped balloons in bay, 1 arrest

May. 12, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A viral video of people popping party balloons on a yacht at a South Florida marina and dumping the rubbery scraps into the bay has led to one arrest and more that $25,000 in fines, officials said. A 29-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and charged with reckless...

US fishing haul fell 10% during first pandemic year

May. 12, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal regulators said Thursday. The 2020 haul of fish was 8.4 billion pounds, while the value of that catch was $4.8 billion,...