Latest Oceans News

Sri Lanka crisis gives India chance to gain sway vs China

Jun. 30, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Sri Lanka's strategic location has attracted outsized interest in the small island nation from regional giants China and India for more than a decade, with Beijing and its free-flowing loans and infrastructure investments widely seen as having gained the upper hand in the quest...

Amberjack count: tags worth $250 to Gulf, S Atlantic anglers

Jun. 28, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists are trying to get a better estimate of greater amberjack populations in the South Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, and this means the chance at a $250 catch for anglers. Although the popular sport and table fish are not overfished in the South...

Biden aims at China in new illegal fishing policy framework

Jun. 27, 2022 20:33 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Biden administration is stepping up efforts to combat illegal fishing by China, ordering federal agencies to better coordinate among themselves as well as with foreign partners in a bid to promote sustainable exploitation of the world's oceans. On...

UN chief: National selfishness delaying global oceans deal

Jun. 27, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Some countries won't accept that the world's oceans belong to everyone and their “egoism” is holding up a global agreement on protecting these vast tracts of the planet, the United Nations chief charged Monday. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...

NJ firefighters fully contain Ocean-Burlington forest fire

Jun. 27, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters have fully contained a forest fire in Ocean and Burlington counties, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service said Monday. The agency said the blaze in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest had burned 315 acres and was 100% contained as of 11 a.m. Monday....

To combat coral bleaching, Kenya turns to reef nurseries

Jun. 27, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

WASINI, Kenya (AP) — Minutes away from the Kenyan mainland, the densely forested island of Wasini is one of several starting lines for coral reef restoration efforts in the western Indian Ocean. On a rare calm day during the normally turbulent monsoon season, four divers, carrying measuring...

Dolphins in Lisbon river show benefits of protecting nature

Jun. 26, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Delegates attending a U.N. conference in Lisbon next week might take inspiration for their efforts to protect the oceans by looking out of the venue’s windows at Portugal’s longest river, where frolicking dolphins nowadays delight locals and tourists. ...

Commonwealth heads call for climate action at Rwanda meeting

Jun. 23, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Leaders of Commonwealth nations are calling for increased climate action at a meeting in Rwanda this week, ahead of the United Nations climate change summit in the seaside resort of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt later this year. Climate change is a major concern...

Fin-tastic! Growing 'mermaiding' subculture makes a splash

Jun. 23, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — There was a pivotal moment in Queen Pangke Tabora’s life that eclipsed all others: It was the moment, she says, when she first slid her legs into a mermaid tail. For the transgender Filipina woman approaching middle age, seeing her legs encased in vibrant,...

Fishing feud at end of the world split US and UK over Russia

Jun. 22, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It's one of the world's highest-fetching wild-caught fish, sold for $32 a pound at Whole Foods and served up as meaty fillets on the menus of upscale eateries across the U.S. But Russia's obstruction of longstanding conservation efforts, resulting in a unilateral...