Latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration News

Atlantic mackerel fishing shut down for the rest of the year

Oct. 23, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is shutting down the harvest of an important species of fish for the rest of the year because of concerns about overfishing. Fishermen from Maine to North Carolina commercially harvest Atlantic mackerel, which is used as...

Coast Guard: Wreck found in Atlantic is storied cutter Bear

Oct. 14, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The wreck of a storied military ship that served in two World Wars, performed patrols in waters off Alaska for decades, and at one point was captained by the first Black man to command a U.S. government vessel has been found, the Coast Guard said Thursday. ...

Maryland sees increase in precipitation, sea level, flooding

Oct. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

Over the past 20 years, rainfall, flooding and sea level have increased across Maryland, according to data collected from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). From 2000 to 2020, precipitation in Maryland increased by 2.63 inches per decade,...

Charter fishing for red snapper reopening in federal waters

Oct. 04, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With nearly 24% of the for-hire recreational red snapper catch target still in the Gulf of Mexico, charter vessels can take anglers to try to catch the fish in federal waters from Oct. 15 until Nov. 6, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says. ...

Lobster fishing group files lawsuit against feds whale plan

Sep. 27, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A lobster fishing group based in Maine filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Monday charging new rules designed to protect whales are not based on the best available science. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

New voluntary slow zone off Nantucket to protect whales

Sep. 15, 2021 01:18 AM EDT

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — Federal officials are implementing a new slow zone off Massachusetts to try to protect a rare species of whale. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created the slow zone south of Nantucket on Sept. 11. It's designed to protect...

Feds responding to reports of oil, chemical spills after Ida

Sep. 02, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal and state agencies say they are responding to reports of oil and chemical spills resulting from Hurricane Ida following the publication of aerial photos by The Associated Press. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Nick Conger said...

Photos show black slick in water near Gulf oil rig after Ida

Sep. 01, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Photos show what appears to be a miles-long oil slick near an offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida, according to aerial survey imagery released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and reviewed by The Associated Press....

Lobster fishing will face restrictions to try to save whales

Aug. 31, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's lobster fishing industry will face a host of new harvesting restrictions amid a new push from the federal government to try to save a vanishing species of whale. The new rules, which have loomed over the profitable lobster industry for...

Mystic Aquarium requests to resume research; whale improving

Aug. 31, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

Officials at Mystic Aquarium are asking that they be allowed to resume research on four beluga whales, which was halted following the death of the fifth whale imported this spring from Canada. The request is part of a three-page report made public Monday by the...