Latest Oceans News

Tropical Storm Melissa moving into open Atlantic Ocean

Oct. 13, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Melissa is moving away from the U.S. East Coast into the open Atlantic Ocean. The National Hurricane center in Miami says Melissa was still causing dangerous swells along much of the coast Sunday. The storm was about 360 miles (580 kilometers) south-southeast of Halifax, nova...

Family on SC vacation pulls 44 pounds of cocaine from ocean

Oct. 9, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

FRIPP ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A family visiting South Carolina fished a big package from the ocean, took it to their rental home and opened it up, finding about 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of cocaine. Beaufort County Sheriff's Maj. Bob Bromage told news outlets Monday that the family was walking along Fripp...

Regulators: Gulf of Mexico red grouper limits staying low

Oct. 2, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

Regulators say catch limits for red grouper in the Gulf of Mexico will stay at this year's levels indefinitely. This year's catch limits and targets were about 60% lower than 2018 levels. They were cut after 2017 landings came in at their lowest level in recent years and fishers reported seeing fewer legal-sized...

Carnival execs back in court on ocean pollution case

Oct. 2, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Top Carnival Corp. executives are due back in court to explain what the world's largest cruise line is doing to reduce ocean pollution. A hearing is set Wednesday in Miami federal court for an update on what steps Carnival is taking. Chairman Micky Arison, who also owns the Miami Heat, and CEO...

Hawaii study identifies coastal roads vulnerable to erosion

Oct. 2, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A study of the 20 Hawaii coastal highways most susceptible to erosion and structural degradation has found 10 of the roads are in Maui County. The Maui News reported Tuesday that researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa determined Maui and Molokai each had five of the roads...

Body of missing boater recovered from ocean

Oct. 1, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

DEPOE BAY, Ore. (AP) — The body of a Clackamas man has been recovered a day after the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for him near Depoe Bay on the central Oregon coast. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the body of 58-year-old Hoang Minh Tran was recovered from the Pacific Ocean Tuesday morning....

Hurricane Lorenzo to bring 70-foot waves to Azores

Oct. 1, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A hurricane packing a punch rarely witnessed in the mid-Atlantic Ocean is bearing down on the Azores Islands, placing emergency services on red alert for waves that could reach eight stories high, winds that could flatten homes and heavy rains that could turn into torrents on steep...

As sea level rises, NC battleship prepares to shore up

Sep. 29, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (AP) — Rising seas are pushing the Cape Fear River over its banks and into Battleship Park more and more frequently. But a grant has put the Battleship North Carolina nearly a fourth of the way toward its goal of protecting itself for years to come. The Battleship announced it has...

Syria gets its moment at UN, small island states sound alarm

Sep. 28, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Overshadowed by other concerns, the war in Syria got some attention Saturday and leaders from assorted island nations pleaded for their survival as they urged the U.N. General Assembly to take action that would help stop them from sinking into the ocean. Syria's plight remains one of...

Greece: 7 migrants die when boat sinks in Aegean Sea

Sep. 27, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A boat carrying migrants sank in the eastern Aegean Sea, killing seven people on Friday, Greek authorities said. The boat, which had been traveling from Turkey, capsized near the small Greek island of Inousses and 12 others were rescued, the coast guard said. Two bodies were recovered...