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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2014, file photo, Carlos Rafael talks on the phone at Homer's Wharf near his herring boat F/V Voyager in New Bedford, Mass. A Massachusetts company is slated to acquire in 2020 what's left of the boats once owned by Rafael, who was forced out of the industry after an elaborate fraud. The fishing magnate, known as the Codfather, was sentenced in 2017 to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal. (John Sladewski/Standard Times via AP, File)

Fishmonger's finale: The Codfather's boats are sold

Feb. 20, 2020 12:37 PM EST

Most of what's left of the boats owned by a fishing magnate known as the Codfather, who was forced out of the industry after committing an elaborate fraud, have been acquired by a Massachusetts company, it said Thursday. Blue Harvest, a fishing and processing company in New Bedford, announced it has reached an...

Connecticut high school basketball player defies the odds

Feb. 19, 2020 10:51 AM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Very few people truly know what this is about, know the feeling of being alone in the arena, trying to do what most onlookers believe is just not possible and wanting, not sympathy, but only a chance to prove otherwise. So it was for Syncere Gray as a 13-year-old, sitting on the...

Maine shuts down key scallop fishing areas for the season

Feb. 19, 2020 2:10 AM EST

DENNYSVILLE, Maine (AP) — Maine fishing regulators are shutting down some of the most important scallop fishing areas in the state for the season. Cobscook, Whiting and Dennys bays are all shut down, the Maine Department of Marine Resources said. Cobscook Bay is home to the most fertile scallop fishing...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks after watching Asian carp being harvested from Kentucky Lake near Golden Pond, Ky., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The harvest method mainly targets bighead and silver carp, two of the four invasive carp species collectively known as Asian carp in the U.S. Both bighead and silver carp devour plankton that form the base of the food chains, grow rapidly and reproduce prolifically, outcompeting many native fish. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

McConnell, Ky. gov watch massive Asian carp roundup

Feb. 17, 2020 3:33 PM EST

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was on hand Monday to witness a massive harvest of invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake, after an experimental roundup that wildlife officials say could be the first of many. The roundup began on Feb. 3, with state and federal fisheries...

Changes to herring business subject to New England hearings

Feb. 13, 2020 1:45 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Interstate fishing regulators are holding a series of public hearings in March about plans to try to better manage the fishery for Atlantic herring. Herring are the subject of a major fishery on the East Coast, as the fish are used as food for humans and as bait for species such as...

In this Feb. 11, 2020, photo, Asian carp are unloaded at Two Rivers Fisheries in Wickliffe, Ky. Asian carp were imported to the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s as an eco-friendly alternative to poisons for ridding southern fish farms and sewage lagoons of algae, weeds and parasites. The advance of the invasive carp, however, threatens to upend aquatic ecosystems, starve out native fish and wipe out endangered mussel and snail populations along the Mississippi River and dozens of tributaries. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

Feb. 12, 2020 12:12 PM EST

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets. The ongoing roundup on wind-rippled Kentucky Lake...

Alabama oyster harvest underway after shutdown

Feb. 8, 2020 12:28 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's oyster harvest is back underway near Dauphin Island after a shutdown prompted by high water levels. A news release from the state conservation agency said boats resumed harvesting oysters by the sackful on Tuesday. Reefs are more productive than expected, and young oysters...

Shuckers: Galveston Bay oysters scarce, season may be short

Feb. 3, 2020 1:01 AM EST

SAN LEON, Texas (AP) — Cold Galveston Bay oysters on the half shell and January go hand in hand, like saltines and cocktail sauce. Cool temperatures have plumped up bivalves to their prime size by now and area restaurants are celebrating the bounty, although it may be short-lived. Frances Jurisich, owner...

Coast Guard board to investigate deadly crab boat sinking

Jan. 26, 2020 10:11 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Coast Guard has formed a Marine Board of Investigation to determine the causes of the sinking of the Scandies Rose, a Seattle-managed crab boat that went down with five of its seven crew members on Dec. 31 in the Gulf of Alaska. The board will look into the sinking of the boat, which had...

Maine to freeze expanding lobster bait fishery for 2 years

Jan. 23, 2020 5:59 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials want to close a lobster bait fishery to newcomers while they develop new management, licensing and an enforcement plan. Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Pat Keliher will present a plan to freeze the fishery at its current size for two years to state...