Latest Oceans News

Low oxygen levels off coast raise fears of marine dead zones

Jul. 24, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Low oxygen levels measured off the coast of Oregon and Washington are raising concerns of large “dead zones” that could decimate crabs and bottom-dwelling fish within them. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said this week that...

Maine ocean lab to get $2M to study deep ocean resiliency

Jul. 19, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A Maine marine science lab is set to receive about $2 million to study the resiliency of deep sea ecosystems in the era of climate change. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree said the National Science Foundation is giving the grant to Bigelow...

Rhode Island man plans 19-mile charity swim

Jul. 18, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man is planning a 19-mile swim from Block Island to Jamestown later this month to raise money for a nonprofit that works to keep oceans clean. Ben Tuff's grueling swim on July 31 will raise money for Clean Ocean Access. Just two...

They're not blown away by NJ's offshore wind power plans

Jul. 17, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is moving aggressively to become the leader in the fast-growing offshore wind energy industry on the East Coast, but not everyone is blown away by those ambitious plans. While the state's Democratic political leadership is solidly...

Judge says Maui must get Clean Water Act permit for effluent

Jul. 16, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A federal judge ruled Maui County must get permits to operate injection wells that environmental groups said are polluting the ocean. Several environmental groups filed a lawsuit in 2012 over the injection wells, saying effluent from the Lahaina...

Hometown Brits, Aussies look for SailGP rebound in Plymouth

Jul. 16, 2021 01:57 AM EDT

The SailGP global road show touches down in Old Blighty this weekend, giving Britain’s Paul Goodison the opportunity to race in front of home crowds for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics. The regatta on Plymouth Sound will also give Australia’s Tom...

Tropical fish rare to Oregon Coast found on beach

Jul. 15, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — A fish rarely found on the Oregon Coast washed up on Sunset Beach north of Seaside, The Seaside Aquarium said. A 3.5-foot, 100-pound opah was reported to the aquarium Wednesday morning, KGW reported. Sunset Beach is located...

Illinois man dies after beach rescue on North Carolina coast

Jul. 13, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) — An Illinois man has died after he was pulled from the ocean on the North Carolina coast, police said Tuesday. A news release from the Carolina Beach Police Department said firefighters and emergency personnel were summoned to a stretch of...

Italy OKs port for rescue ship with 572 migrants aboard

Jul. 08, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy on Thursday agreed to allow the disembarking of 572 rescued migrants following a charity ship's desperate plea that food was running short and tensions rising on the crowded Ocean Viking. Hours earlier, Luisa Albera, search and rescue coordinator of...

Haddish, Shatner, Paisley join Discovery's 'Shark Week'

Jul. 08, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Deep in the ocean, surrounded by sharks, Tiffany Haddish stayed cool. She drew on her land-based survival skills. “I was as frightened around them as I am around like a pack of pit bull dogs,” she said in an interview. “I feel like animals pick up...