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Rehoboth Bay reopens to shellfish harvesting after spill

Jan. 19, 2022 08:53 AM EST

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials announced the reopening of the Rehoboth Bay to shellfish harvesting Tuesday after a 21-day emergency closure prompted by a spill of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater from a residential sewer line. The Department of Natural...

Actor Sam Waterston to kick off annual Moby-Dick Marathon

Jan. 01, 2022 08:19 AM EST

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — This year's Moby-Dick Marathon, the annual cover-to-cover reading of Herman Melville's iconic man-versus whale novel hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, kicks off on Jan. 7. This year's celebrity reader, who traditionally gets things started with the...

Maine intervenes over lobstering rules to protect whales

Dec. 30, 2021 12:51 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Marine Resources has been granted intervenor status in a federal lawsuit brought over new lobstering restrictions intended to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released...

Rehoboth Bay closed to shellfish harvesting after spill

Dec. 29, 2021 08:49 AM EST

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials temporarily closed the Rehoboth Bay to shellfish harvesting Tuesday after thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater spilled from a residential sewer line. The moratorium applies to harvesting oysters, clams and mussels, the Department...

State: Alabama oyster harvest more than double 2020 total

Dec. 26, 2021 11:56 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's oyster industry has had its best wild harvest in years, more than doubling the catch from 2020 with the opening of a new territory in Mobile Bay. Scott Bannon, head of the Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural...

$25M to distribute East Coast fish to nutrition programs

Dec. 24, 2021 12:19 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government will spend $25 million on East Coast fish to aid nutrition assistance programs and help New England's struggling commercial fishing industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday it would make the purchase on Atlantic...

New England shrimp fishery to stay shuttered as waters warm

Dec. 17, 2021 12:53 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England's commercial shrimp fishery will remain shut down because of concerns about the health of the crustacean's population amid warming ocean temperatures. The cold-water shrimp were once a winter delicacy in Maine and beyond, but the fishing industry...

France wants EU legal action over fishing dispute with UK

Dec. 17, 2021 09:05 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French authorities said Friday they will seek European Union legal action against Britain over a months-long, unresolved fishing dispute. The decision was announced after a meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and a delegation of French fishermen at the...

Crab for New Year's: California opens up commercial fishing

Dec. 16, 2021 14:32 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There will be more Dungeness crab on the market just in time for New Year’s menus. California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday that the long-delayed commercial crab fishing season in coastal areas near San Francisco will begin Dec. 29,...

Volunteers raise oyster gardens to help restore reefs

Dec. 15, 2021 13:26 PM EST

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — It’s time to agitate the oysters at St. Stanislaus High School on Mississippi's Gulf coast. Students on a platform below the school’s long pier gently shake their oyster garden's wire cages as they pull them from the water, loosening mud and algae...