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Feds ask ships to slow down to protect rare whales near NYC

Nov. 29, 2021 13:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have detected a rare species of whale southeast of New York City, and the federal government is using a voluntary protected zone to try to keep them safe. There are fewer than 350 North Atlantic right whales left, according to scientists. ...

Florida's hurricane hunter team getting new aircraft

Nov. 23, 2021 09:18 AM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Florida-based hurricane hunter team is getting a new aircraft to help chase fierce storms. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's team will add a Gulfstream 550 to the three other aircraft at its home base at the Lakeland Linder...

US considers creating national marine sanctuary off Hawaii

Nov. 19, 2021 13:49 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering additional protections for waters off the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. NOAA announced the proposal to designate oceanic areas of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which is...

Proposed national marine sanctuary off California advances

Nov. 09, 2021 17:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal agency announced Tuesday that it is taking a step toward designating a new national marine sanctuary off the central California coast that would be named for the region's Indigenous people. The proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine...

NOAA: Ida debris exempts E Louisiana shrimpers from TEDs

Nov. 05, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Ida has left so much debris along Louisiana’s eastern coast that shrimpers there may limit trawl times rather than using escape hatches for sea turtles, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday. A NOAA Fisheries...

Earth gets hotter, deadlier during decades of climate talks

Oct. 30, 2021 03:47 AM EDT

World leaders have been meeting for 29 years to try to curb global warming, and in that time Earth has become a much hotter and deadlier planet. Trillions of tons of ice have disappeared over that period, the burning of fossil fuels has spewed billions of tons of...

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. ...