Latest Oceanography News

2020 hopeful Bennet proposes $1 trillion climate change fund

May. 20, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet said Monday he wants to commit $1 trillion for underwriting research and projects to address climate change, set aside about one-third of U.S. lands and ocean territory for conservation and reach net-zero U.S. emissions by midcentury. His...

Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry grows

May. 19, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry is growing, with producers excited about this year's harvest. There were no commercial seaweed farmers in Alaska five years ago, though there have long been subsistence seaweed harvests along Alaska coasts. Now, there are 16 aquatic...

Photos show southern resident orca continues to decline

May. 17, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — New photos show an endangered southern resident orca is continuing to decline, heightening concerns for her survival. The Seattle Times reports National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher John Durban in his spring survey of the southern residents detected further emaciation in...

Explorer recounts making the deepest ocean dive in history

May. 14, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taking the hours-long journey to what is believed to be the deepest point mankind has visited in any ocean was a complicated one, and for Victor Vescovo, it meant being constantly on the alert as he monitored his state-of-the-art vessel. But when he reached 10,928 meters into the Challenger...

Hawaii's Hirono, Gabbard want congressional sunscreen study

May. 11, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard want a large-scale study conducted on the impact sunscreen chemicals have on humans and coral reefs around the world. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that earlier this week, Hirono, along with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.),...

Gov. Inslee signs range of bills aimed at helping orcas

May. 8, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed several bills Wednesday designed to help the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas, measures that he said gave him hope the species might be saved. The measures include requiring more oil shipments near the San Juan Islands to have tugboat escorts to prevent...

NOAA picks URI to host its new ocean exploration institute

May. 6, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that it has picked the University of Rhode Island as the home of a new institute for ocean exploration. NOAA said URI will host its Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute and Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard will...

Study says Hawaii reefs provide $835M in flood protection

May. 4, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's coral reefs provide more than $835 million in flood protection for the state annually, according to a new study. The report by the U.S. Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy and the University of California-Santa Cruz established the value that the natural formations provide...

Enigmatic Beluga whale off Norway so tame people can pet it

Apr. 30, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A beluga whale found in Arctic Norway wearing a harness that suggests links to a military facility in Russia is so tame that residents can pet the mammal on its nose. The white whale found frolicking in the frigid harbor of Tufjord, a hamlet near Norway's northernmost point, has...

State allocates $750K to study removal of Snake River dams

Apr. 30, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The state budget approved this week includes $750,000 to study the impacts of the possible breaching of four Snake River dams to help salmon recovery. The Seattle Times reports the legislation calls for a neutral third party to develop a process for local, state, tribal, federal and other...