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Grants aim to help grow seafood, dairy industries in Maine

Dec. 04, 2021 12:34 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A project to grow the Maine seafood industry and an effort to expand the market for organic dairy products are among the recipients of grants to bolster food systems in the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $3.5 million to...

High court keeps limits on lobster fishing to protect whales

Dec. 03, 2021 18:29 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday against Maine lobster fishermen who sought to block new fishing restrictions that are designed to protect rare whales. The new rules make an approximately 950-square-mile area of the Gulf of Maine essentially...

US catch of bluefish to be allowed to grow in 2022

Dec. 03, 2021 01:46 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Federal fishing managers are planning to allow U.S. fishermen to catch more bluefish next year. Bluefish are popular with sport fishermen as well as commercial anglers, and the increase in quota applies to both. The commercial quota is slated to increase...

New England shrimp industry should not restart, experts say

Dec. 02, 2021 11:53 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of experts is recommending to keep New England's shrimp fishing industry closed down because of concerns about the health of the population. The industry has been shut down since 2013. Scientists have said the shrimp are in jeopardy in...

Lobster fishers ask high court to stop rules to help whales

Dec. 02, 2021 10:45 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of the Maine lobster fishing industry are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block new fishing restrictions designed to protect a rare species of whale. The rules, designed to protect North Atlantic right whales, have been the subject of...

Lummi Nation declares disaster after invasive crab arrives

Dec. 01, 2021 08:31 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Lummi Indian Business Council has passed a resolution declaring a disaster after more than 70,000 European green crab — an invasive species — were captured and removed from the Lummi Sea Pond in recent months. The Tribe cultivates...

Sewage overflow prompts Potomac shellfish harvesting closure

Nov. 30, 2021 17:23 PM EST

A sewage overflow has prompted Maryland officials to close part of the Potomac River to shellfish harvesting for the second time in recent weeks. The Maryland Department of the Environment issued an emergency order Monday closing about 180 acres of the Potomac River...

Maryland's oyster industry hopes for a rebound this season

Nov. 27, 2021 11:07 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Folks working in Maryland's oyster industry are hoping for a rebound this season after seeing demand and prices plummet this time last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Baltimore Sun reports that COVID-19 depressed demand. That's in part...

East Coast herring fishery will be shut down until 2022

Nov. 27, 2021 08:10 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The East Coast herring fishing industry will be almost completely shut down for the rest of the year. Herring fishing is a major marine industry in New England, but the industry has had to contend with cuts in fishing quota in recent years. A...

French fishermen block ports, Eurotunnel in spat with UK

Nov. 26, 2021 09:51 AM EST

CALAIS, France (AP) — French fishing crews briefly blocked French ports, ferry traffic across the English Channel and the freight entrance to the Eurotunnel on Friday to disrupt the flow of goods to the U.K., in a protest over post-Brexit fishing licenses. It’s the...