Latest Marine biology News

Fish fans sought for Maine’s tomcod count

Dec. 7, 2019 1:22 PM EST

SULLIVAN, Maine (AP) — A conservation group in Down East Maine is looking for the public’s help in gathering data about a fish that is important to the region’s history. Downeast Salmon Federation says it’s working on a citizen science survey about tomcods in December and January. The...

Study says warming world could devastate fisheries, reefs

Dec. 5, 2019 6:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A study commissioned by 14 seafaring nations predicts that unchecked climate change could devastate fishery industries and coral reef tourism, causing hundreds of billions of dollars in losses by 2050. The report to be published Friday on sidelines of a U.N. climate summit in Madrid says...

Fisherman sentenced for fishing in state research area

Dec. 3, 2019 12:14 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A southeast Alaska commercial fisherman convicted of fishing in a state research area has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined more than $35,000. Alaska State Troopers say 45-year-old Jonathan McGraw Jr. of Naukati Bay pleaded guilty last week to fishing in closed waters of...

Lobster catch headed for decline, not crash, scientists say

Dec. 1, 2019 1:51 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pair of studies by Maine-based scientists suggest the U.S. lobster industry is headed for a period of decline, but likely not a crash. Lobster fishermen have brought in record hauls this decade, a period in which Maine catches that previously rarely topped 70 million pounds (32...

Sea turtles released after rehab from pneumonia, fish hook

Nov. 26, 2019 6:55 PM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Two endangered sea turtles are swimming again in the Mississippi Sound after rehabilitation in south Mississippi. One is a 115-pound (52.1-kilogram) loggerhead that developed pneumonia while a Louisiana spillway was open. The other is a Kemp’s ridley that needed throat surgery...

How a small stretch of ocean stirred a conservation movement

Nov. 26, 2019 12:51 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — From the surface, these 22 square miles of water are unexceptional. But dip beneath the surface — go down 60 or 70 feet — and you’ll find a spectacular seascape. Sponges, barnacles and tube worms cover rocky ledges on the ocean floor, forming a “live...

Animal defenders, aquarium tussle over beluga importation

Nov. 23, 2019 2:51 PM EST

A proposal to import five whales to Connecticut has sparked a standoff between animal welfare groups and an aquarium that says the animals will contribute to its research. Mystic Aquarium wants to import the captive-born beluga whales from Marineland of Canada in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Connecticut aquarium,...

Carcass of giant blue whale brought to surface for study

Nov. 22, 2019 8:44 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The carcass of a giant blue whale that has been submerged off the Oregon coast for more than three years was hauled to the surface so it can be reassembled, studied and put on public display, scientists with Oregon State University said Friday. The dead whale, which was about as long...

Ocearch's 11 Canadian great white sharks headed south

Nov. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ocearch's latest expedition, to the rocky coast of Nova Scotia, a summer hangout for great white sharks, could hardly have gone better: The crew caught, studied and tagged 11 white sharks, making it by far their most successful trip in the Northwest Atlantic. Most of those sharks...

Study links Asian carp with Mississippi River fish drop

Nov. 16, 2019 11:18 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Sport fish have declined significantly in portions of the Upper Mississippi River infested with Asian carp, adding evidence to fears about the invader’s threat to native species, according to a new study. Analysis of nearly 20 years of population data suggests the carp...