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FILE - In this March 23, 2016 file photo, a foreign worker unloads fish from a U.S. fishing vessel at Pier 38 in Honolulu. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 the Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments on the legality of issuing licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii's longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable labor practices.(AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Hawaii court hears case on legality of foreign fishing labor

Sep. 18, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on the legality of granting licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii’s longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable...

Crabbers accused of poaching in Oregon coast reserve area

Sep. 16, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Two men are accused of poaching crab in the protected Cape Falcon Marine Reserve south of Cannon Beach using gear stolen from other crabbers. Scott Giles, most recently of Ilwaco, Washington, and deckhand Travis Westerlund, of Astoria, face criminal charges including theft, criminal...

Maine to hold a lottery for entry into scallop harvest

Sep. 16, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fishing regulators are using a pair of lotteries to allow people into the state's lucrative scallop fishing industry. Maine scallop fishermen harvest the scallops from nearshore waters by hand and by boat. The season takes place every winter. The scallops have been worth more...

Corbin Boyce holds an American flag on the beach near Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, as strong winds and rough waves from Hurricane Sally scour the shoreline. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

The Latest: Sally's winds increase to 90 mph

Sep. 16, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather (all times local): PENSACOLA, Fla. — Hurricane Sally is strengthening as it creeps toward Florida and Alabama. The National Hurricane Center says the Category 1 storm's winds have increased to 90 mph (150 kph). Sally was centered about 65 miles (105...

Maine scallop fishers will be allowed same quota this season

Sep. 11, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's scallop fishers who plan to participate in the coming fishing year will be allowed the same harvesting levels as last season. The Maine Department of Marine Resources said scallopers who work most of the coast will be limited to 15 gallons per day. Fishers in the Cobscook Bay...

Clams are placed into a bucket by digger Mike Soule, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Freeport, Maine. America's industry for the wild harvesting of softshell clams is located almost entirely in Maine and Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

They can dig it: New England clammers press through pandemic

Sep. 7, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — For New England's vanishing commercial clam harvesters, the coronavirus pandemic represents only the most recent in a string of setbacks that have held down the centuries-old industry. The clamdiggers, who pull softshell clams for use in chowders and clambakes from tidal muck, have...

Herring fishery to shut down off Maine for September

Aug. 30, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A major fishery off New England will be slowed down considerably in September in an attempt to protect the fish's population. Atlantic herring are the target of a large fishing industry. They're used for food as well as bait. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, lobsters await shipping at a wholesale distributer in Arundel, Maine.  The United States and the European Union have announced a modest agreement to cut tariffs on less than $300 million worth of annual trade between them. The EU will drop import taxes on U.S. lobsters for the next five years and will work to make the move permanent.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Lobster fisher's pro-Trump speech sets off political spat

Aug. 25, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine lobster fisher spoke in favor of President Donald Trump's trade policies during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, earning a rebuke from the state's Democratic party, which faults Trump for hurting the industry. Swan Island lobster harvester Jason Joyce said he...

Coalition supporting offshore wind development set to launch

Aug. 22, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

Concord, N.H. (AP) — A regional coalition that supports the development of offshore wind power is set to launch later this month. New England for Offshore Wind, which includes environmental advocacy organizations, educational institutions, justice and health organizations, and business alliances, will...

FILE - In this March 31, 2016 file photo, fishermen and buyers gather at a tuna auction at Donggang fishery port in Taiwan. The United States is halting imports from a Taiwan-based fishing vessel that reportedly has supplied the global tuna trading company that acquired Bumble Bee Seafoods this year. The Trump administration acted after reports of abusive conditions and forced labor.  (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

US halts imports linked to Taiwan-based fishing vessel

Aug. 20, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Accounts of abusive conditions and forced labor have prompted the U.S. to halt imports from a Taiwan-based fishing vessel that reportedly has supplied the global tuna trading company that acquired Bumble Bee Seafoods this year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued the order blocking...