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An oyster hatchery in Baton Rouge? Ex-researcher says maybe

Jun. 20, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Many an oyster comes to the end of its days in a local restaurant. If Steve Pollock has his way, Baton Rouge is where millions of the tasty bivalves will get their start. Although the capital city is over 50 miles from the nearest salt water, Pollock has started an inland oyster...

Maine eel fishermen have productive year, but price is low

Jun. 8, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's baby eel fishermen had a productive year in the state's rivers and streams, but the price for the eels was much lower than usual. The fishing season for the eels, which are called elvers, ended on Sunday. Fishermen caught at least 9,650 pounds of the eels during a season in...

In this Tuesday, May 26, 2020 photo, Toby Mourning, manager of the Durango Fish Hatchery, scans the tag of a San Juan lineage Colorado cutthroat trout in Durango Colo. During the 416 Fire in 2018, a small crew from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service recovered 54 of the rare cutthroats from the Hermosa Creek watershed.

Rare cutthroat trout saved from Colorado fire to be released

Jun. 6, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — While firefighting crews were in the throes of battling the 416 Fire as it rapidly spread through the San Juan National Forest north of Durango in June 2018, an unlikely rescue mission was being hatched. Jim White, an aquatic biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said plans had...

Baby eel fishing wrapping up in Maine with much lower prices

Jun. 1, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's season for baby eel fishing is coming to a close with the lowest prices in a decade. Baby eels are a lucrative resource in Maine, where fishermen harvest the elvers from rivers and streams and often sell them for more than $2,000 per pound. They're highly prized by Asian...

With restaurants closed, oyster farmers struggle

May. 24, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PORT SULPHUR, La. (AP) — Anita Arguelles’ husband, Mike, convinced her they should get into the oyster business. “He loves oysters,” she said. “He loves to talk about oysters. He loves to take them in the back of his truck in an ice cooler and go around and just open oysters up...

Plan for large salmon farm going ahead in Belfast, Maine

May. 22, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The developers of a planned salmon farm in Belfast said they're awaiting permits from the state to move ahead with the project. Nordic Aquafarms, which is based in Norway, wants to build the farm to produce tens of millions of pounds of salmon per year. The Maine Board of...

An Indian fisherman walks in the middle of heavy wind and rain in the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. A powerful cyclone ripped through densely populated coastal India and Bangladesh, blowing off roofs and whipping up waves that swallowed embankments and bridges and left entire villages without access to fresh water, electricity and communications. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Deadly cyclone cuts destructive path in India and Bangladesh

May. 21, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Wide swaths of coastal India and Bangladesh were flooded and millions were without power Thursday as Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than a decade, killed over 80 people and cut a path of destruction that is still being assessed. Many parts of the Indian...

A lorry drives along a country road that between a flowering rape field and a freshly tilled field in Pattensen, Germany, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

EU wants to reduce pesticides use, promotes organic farming

May. 20, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission unveiled plans Wednesday to protect biodiversity across the 27-nation bloc while building a more sustainable food system, insisting on the need to both reduce the use of pesticides and promote organic farming. In line with its ambition of cutting greenhouse gas...

Report: Yakima water supply still healthy for farmers, fish

May. 8, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — There should be a healthy supply of water for farmers and fish in Washington state this season, despite a dry spring the last two months, a report said. The state Bureau of Reclamation said farmers with junior water rights are expected to receive a 91% supply, slightly down from...