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Portion of Kentucky Lake closed to boaters for research

Jan. 11, 2021 4:30 AM EST

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A portion of Pisgah Bay on Kentucky Lake will be closed to boaters beginning on Monday for scientific research, officials said. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will be researching ways to improve mass removal techniques for silver carp, an invasive fish, the agency said in...

Pacific sea otter reintroduction gets nudge from Congress

Jan. 7, 2021 12:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed this year's federal budget, which includes a directive to study sea otter reintroduction in the Pacific Northwest. Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley for Oregon added the paragraph to the federal budget bill that directs the U.S. Fish and...

Some fishermen on edge after rough year in North Pacific

Jan. 5, 2021 3:05 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Some fishermen in the North Pacific Ocean are on edge ahead of a traditionally fruitful winter fishing season, following a rough 2020 that saw catch rates fall below long-term averages. The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of some research surveys, making it more difficult to...

FILE - In this July 5, 2018, file photo, drum major Leslie Abreu reacts to the looming presence of Juno, one of the Beluga whales at Mystic Aquarium, in Mystic, Conn., as she directs members of the brass ensemble for the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps as they play in front of the Alaska Coast exhibit, as part of the group's Brass and Belugas exhibition. The aquarium has agreed to delay its acquisition of five beluga whales for research amid a lawsuit by an animal rights group trying to stop the delivery. Court documents filed last month in federal court in Hartford, Conn., say Mystic Aquarium will not import the whales before March 31, 2021, to allow time for a judge to decide the lawsuit.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)

Aquarium agrees to delay beluga whale delivery amid lawsuit

Jan. 4, 2021 5:38 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut aquarium has agreed to delay its acquisition of five beluga whales for research amid a lawsuit by an animal rights group trying to stop the delivery. Mystic Aquarium will not import the whales before March 31 to allow time for a judge to decide the lawsuit and avoid an...

Researchers learn new tricks to save endangered crayfish

Jan. 2, 2021 2:49 PM EST

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — Researchers trying to save endangered crayfish during bridge construction in southern West Virginia ended up discovering new tricks to increase the population, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. In order to build a new bridge to carry a Norfolk Southern mainline over the Tug Fork...

Transplanted 'super clams' spark hope of cleansing lagoon

Jan. 2, 2021 3:01 AM EST

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Whatever genes it takes to survive our collective waste, these clams seem to have them. They are, in the words of one researcher, “super clams.” According to some scientists, these bivalve heroes could be a key to helping restore the waters of the Indian River Lagoon...

In this photo provided by the Mississippi Aquarium, veterinary staffers at the aquarium in Gulfport check the condition of an endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. It’s among more than 800 turtles that have been washed up in New England, injured and ill from the cold – and among 75 being treated at the aquarium, the Institute for Marine Mammal Study in Gulfport, and the Audubon Nature Center in New Orleans. Turtles arrived in Mississippi on Dec. 14, and in New Orleans in November. (Mississippi Aquarium via AP)

45 cold-stunned sea turtles being treated in Mississippi

Dec. 20, 2020 10:23 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Seventy-five endangered sea turtles are being treated in Mississippi and Louisiana after being rescued from New England beaches where they washed up, injured and sick from the cold. They’re Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, the world's smallest and most endangered sea...

Researchers say new species of beaked whale found off Mexico

Dec. 9, 2020 9:25 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Researchers looking for an elusive species of beaked whale said Wednesday they think they have found another new, previously unknown species off Mexico’s western Pacific coast. Dr. Jay Barlow, a retired adjunct professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said Wednesday...

State superintendent asks schools to bring some kids back

Dec. 9, 2020 8:30 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's state superintendent is pressing school systems to consider bringing small groups of students back to class despite surging coronavirus cases. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that State Superintendent Karen B. Salmon cited the needs of students as well as research...

Researchers from US and Canada team up to study white sharks

Dec. 2, 2020 1:17 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Researchers in New England and Canada are teaming up to learn more about the great white sharks appearing in Northeast waters in greater numbers each summer. More than a dozen organizations and state agencies from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine are part of the New...