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US fishing haul fell 10% during first pandemic year

May. 12, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal regulators said Thursday. The 2020 haul of fish was 8.4 billion pounds, while the value of that catch was $4.8 billion,...

Haul of Atlantic cod, once abundant, reaches new low

May. 09, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of the oldest fishing industries in the U.S. sank to a new low in catch last year, signaling that efforts to rebuild the fishery still have a long way to go. New England fishermen have caught Atlantic cod for centuries, but catch has dwindled over the...

Atlantic herring industry gets $11M to cope with fish losses

May. 05, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Disaster-level instability in the Atlantic herring industry has prompted the federal government to give $11 million to commercial fishermen and shore-side infrastructure in four states. A scientific assessment in 2020 found that herring are overfished, and...

Feds boost New England fishing monitoring coverage to 100%

Apr. 13, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has approved a proposal to increase at-sea monitoring of some commercial fishing trips to 100%. At-sea monitors are workers who collect data on board commercial fishing boats to help inform regulations and management of species. The...

Fights over illegal fishing lead to armed conflict, deaths

Mar. 31, 2022 01:52 AM EDT

Protesters from across Sri Lanka descended on the nation’s capital in February, shouting above the street noise and pumping their fists in the air in frustration. The group was made up of fishermen and their supporters, and their rage was sparked by the Indian boats that regularly...

Fights over illegal fishing lead to armed conflict, deaths

Mar. 31, 2022 00:19 AM EDT

Protesters from across Sri Lanka descended on the nation’s capital in February, shouting above the street noise and pumping their fists in the air in frustration. The group was made up of fisherman and their supporters, and their rage was sparked by the Indian boats that regularly...

As planet warms, less ice covering North American lakes

Mar. 04, 2022 20:27 PM EST

GRAND LAKE, Colorado (AP) — With a backdrop of mountain vistas and a rink of natural ice, the annual ice hockey tournament at Grand Lake offers a picturesque snapshot of Colorado’s beauty. What’s not apparent is the problem brewing under players’ skates. This year’s...

Florida to allow limited fishing of goliath groupers

Mar. 03, 2022 12:34 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida lifted its three-decade ban on catching and killing goliath groupers Thursday with state officials enacting a highly restricted catch of 200 annually, saying the coastal fish's numbers have rebounded sufficiently since they were driven to near-extinction. ...