Latest Oceanography News

NSF funds Maine project focused on coast, environmental DNA

Aug. 22, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Science institutions in Maine say a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help pay for a five-year project aimed at dramatically improving the understanding of coastal ecosystems through studying DNA. The University of Maine and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean...

Correction: Alaska-Salmon Hatcheries story

Aug. 21, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story Aug. 11 about Alaska salmon hatcheries, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alaska salmon hatcheries release 1.8 billion pink salmon fry annually. Total Alaska hatchery releases of all salmon and rainbow trout in 2018 was 1.8 billion fish, with pink salmon...

New lawsuit seeks protection zone for Northwest orcas

Aug. 19, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A new U.S. lawsuit filed Monday seeks to establish a whale protection zone for endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Orca Relief Citizens' Alliance sued NOAA Fisheries in U.S. District Court in Seattle, saying the agency has failed to act on a...

A roundup of recent Michigan newspaper editorials

Aug. 19, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

The Detroit News. August 14, 2019 Protect election integrity in driver's license debate Michigan officials are considering whether to offer driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, and while there may be valid safety reasons for doing so, the state must also ensure the integrity of its voter rolls. State...

FSU scientist finds way to tags sharks underwater

Aug. 17, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) — The deep sea may be the largest ecosystem in the world, but to Dean Grubbs it's more like exploring deep space. Scientists know very little about both, said the Florida State University ecologist. Grubbs' team is trying to change that, and they've made one giant leap for marine...

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a...

Federal agency to consider protections for lake sturgeon

Aug. 14, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators said Wednesday they will consider extending legal protections to lake sturgeon — prehistoric fish once abundant in the Great Lakes but reduced to dangerously low numbers by overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Both orca babies alive, all 3 southern resident pods spotted

Aug. 14, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers have documented that both babies in the southern resident killer whale pods are still alive. The Seattle Times reports researchers with the Center for Whale Research, which tracks the southern resident population, photographed both babies Sunday, alive and seemingly well. That...

Study: Asian carp could find plenty of food in Lake Michigan

Aug. 12, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Asian carp are likely to find enough food to spread farther if they establish breeding populations in Lake Michigan, reinforcing the importance of preventing the invasive fish from gaining a foothold, scientists said in a paper released Monday. A study led by University of...

Correction: Exchange-Scientists Sharks story

Aug. 9, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

WACHAPREAGUE, Va. (AP) — An Aug. 2 member exchange about Virginia scientists researching sharks contained an incorrect spelling for the name of a Virginia Institute of Marine Science intern. Her name is Bethany Brodbeck, not Brodback. A corrected version of the story is below: Scientists are trying to keep...