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Fishermen demand a say in decisions on offshore wind energy

Sep. 16, 2019 10:11 PM EDT

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Fishermen insisted Monday to a congressional subcommittee looking at offshore wind energy that they be consulted when crucial decisions are being made on the development of such projects, including where they are located and the level of access to the waters near them. Fishermen...

Maryland releases oyster harvest limits: 26% reduction goal

Sep. 16, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's upcoming oyster season won't be cut by 10 days at the start and another 10 days at the end, officials announced Monday, a change to an initial proposal that relieved watermen but concerned critics who support stronger conservation measures. The Maryland Department of...

New England herring fishery restricted for several weeks

Sep. 12, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Commercial fishing of an important species of bait fish is going to be shut down in one of its key areas in New England for about six weeks. Interstate regulators say the Atlantic herring fishery in the inshore Gulf of Maine is nearing a quota limit and will be subject to restrictions from...

East Coast haul of red hake to be cut back until April 2020

Sep. 11, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal regulators are cutting back the amount that fishermen can harvest an economically important fish species on the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it's cutting commercial fishermen's possession limit of northern red hake from 3,000 to 400 pounds per...

Maine proposes to keep scallop season mostly status quo

Sep. 10, 2019 12:51 AM EDT

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — Maine is considering a scallop fishing season that would allow fishermen to harvest levels of the shellfish similar to last year. The state's scallop season takes place in the winter and spring and provides some of the most valuable seafood in Maine. The Maine Department of Marine...

Maryland agency recommends 30% reduction in oyster harvest

Sep. 9, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland agency is proposing a 30% reduction in the amount of oysters that can be harvested in the next season. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources presented the recommendations at an Oyster Advisory Commission meeting Monday night, followed by public comment. The proposal...

Shellfish harvest in Georgia waters back open

Sep. 7, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the harvest of shellfish in state waters is now open. WSAV-TV reports the harvest was suspended on Tuesday as a precautionary to Hurricane Dorian. It reopened at 6 a.m. Friday. DNR Commissioner Mark Williams signed an administrative order...

Dorian leads to temporary shellfishing shutdown in Virginia

Sep. 7, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials have ordered several waterways closed to shellfish harvesting because of concerns over contaminants that could have been stirred up by Hurricane Dorian. The Daily Press reports the emergency closure affecting oysters and clams on portions of the Lynnhaven River,...

Lobster fishing group withdraws support of whale agreement

Sep. 4, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An organization that represents Maine's lobster fishermen is pulling its support of a proposed plan to protect endangered whales. The subject of North Atlantic right whale conservation has been a major source of contention for the lobster fishery in Maine, which supplies by far the...

Red Lake Nation worries about arrival of zebra mussels

Sep. 3, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

LOWER RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Red Lake Nation tribal scientists are checking the waters of Lower Red Lake frequently for the appearance of zebra mussels that have already invaded the Upper Red. They're worried that the destructive creatures will spread quickly and threaten a fishery that produces 1 million...