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Whole Foods decision to pull lobster divides enviros, pols

Nov. 26, 2022 16:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups are once again at odds with politicians and fishermen in New England in the wake of a decision by high-end retail giant Whole Foods to stop selling Maine lobster. Whole Foods recently said that it will stop selling lobster from the Gulf...

Whales off California coast delay commercial crab season

Nov. 21, 2022 22:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the fourth year in a row, the start of the commercial Dungeness crab season in California will be delayed to protect humpback whales from becoming entangled in trap and buoy lines, it was announced Monday. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife...

Lobster rules to protect whale will wait 2 years, judge says

Nov. 18, 2022 11:28 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that new lobster fishing restrictions designed to conserve rare whales will be delayed until 2024 to give the government time to design them. The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg came on the heels of his July...

Sustainability group pulls lobster certification over whales

Nov. 16, 2022 15:53 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An international nonprofit organization that sets sustainability standards for commercial fishing management has suspended a certification it awarded Maine's lobster industry over concerns about harm to whales. Representatives for Marine Stewardship Council,...

Energy minister: Gas exploration starts off southwest Greece

Nov. 10, 2022 08:39 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s energy and environment minister says U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil has begun prospecting for natural gas off the coast of southwestern Greece, kicking off a delayed project as Europe seeks alternative energy sources due to the war in Ukraine. ...

Greek PM: Gas exploration to start off Crete in coming days

Nov. 07, 2022 15:28 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Exxon Mobil is poised to start a delayed gas prospecting project off southwestern Greece, the country's leader said Monday amid tensions between Greece and Turkey over offshore rights and as Europe seeks alternative energy sources due to the war in Ukraine. ...

Whales off California coast delay commercial crab season

Oct. 29, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The start of the commercial Dungeness crab season in California will be delayed to protect whales from becoming entangled in trap and buoy lines. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday it was delaying the start of the commercial season,...

Feds unveil plan to grow wind power while sparing rare whale

Oct. 29, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has outlined a strategy to try to protect an endangered species of whale while also developing offshore wind power off the East Coast. President Joe Biden's administration has made a priority of encouraging offshore wind along the...

Endangered whale's decline slows, but population falls again

Oct. 24, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The decline of an endangered species of whale slowed last year, as it lost about 2% of its population, but scientists warn the animal still faces existential threats and is losing breeding females too fast. The North Atlantic right whale's population was more...

Court agrees to expedite fishermen's case against whale rule

Oct. 19, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court agreed to expedite a lawsuit by fishermen over new rules intended to protect rare whales. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association is appealing a judge's rejection of the lawsuit to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia....