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Bait shop owners reeling amid shutdown during spring fishing

Apr. 4, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

KIRKWOOD, Pa. (AP) — Tending to a line on his fly rod, Shawn Coe crouched Friday morning on a stone-and-mud island surrounded by the shallow waters of Octoraro Creek near Kirkwood. Coe, 30, who moved to Lancaster County from Alaska in October, said fishing has been a welcome way to stay active since both...

In this handout photograph taken Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and provided by Jack Hagan, Drew Anderson is shown on the top of Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne, Colo. The outdoors has become a great escape for people as the new cronoavirus creates a wave of turbulent times. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing heath problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Photo Courtesy of Jack Hagan via The AP)

Call to the wild: Great outdoors an escape in tough times

Mar. 29, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

Jim Klug's office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips. It's a stressful time for the co-owner of a fishing travel company as he postpones and re-books international and domestic expeditions due the coronavirus pandemic. The best way for him...

Danielle Kiechler, left, and Cathi Gouveia snowshoe above Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Washington state. Most national parks are remaining open during the outbreak of the new coronavirus, but many are closing visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants in hopes of containing its spread. Both women work at schools in Puyallup, Wash., that are currently closed due to the virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

National parks are free, but some oppose that amid the virus

Mar. 19, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a pandemic, but despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult to enjoy them as parks close visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants to fight the spread of the...

Reward for info on slain dolphins increases to $54,000

Mar. 2, 2020 7:25 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A reward for information about the recent deaths of two slain Dolphins along Florida's Gulf Coast has increased to $54,000, officials said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had offered a $20,000 reward last month. The federal agency announced Monday that it...

Omega Protein's Menhaden processing plant on Cockrell's Creek in Reedville, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. The last east coast fishery now produces fish oil for health supplements and faces a possible moratorium over concerns about overfishing in the Chesapeake Bay. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Last of its kind, fishery faces reckoning in Chesapeake Bay

Feb. 11, 2020 11:33 AM EST

REEDVILLE, Va. (AP) — For a guy who left school after 11th grade, George Ball figures he has the best-paying job available on this rural stretch of Chesapeake Bay shoreline. He catches a fish called Atlantic menhaden, used to make fish oil pills and farm-raised salmon feed, and earns about $50,000 a...

Conservationists attacked in refuge for Mexican porpoise

Feb. 9, 2020 7:30 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Conservationists on a Sea Shepherd vessel out to protect the endangered vaquita porpoise came under gun fire in the upper Gulf of California over the weekend by men in small boats. The confrontation took place Saturday in what is known as the “critical zone” of an area...