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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...

Interior Department approves 2nd large US offshore wind farm

Nov. 24, 2021 16:42 PM EST

The Biden administration approved an offshore wind farm off the coasts of Rhode Island and New York on Wednesday as part of a plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced it approved the construction and...

Dungeness crab season to open Dec. 1 for first time in years

Nov. 24, 2021 09:12 AM EST

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Marine toxins, skinny crabs and contentious price negotiations have all had a hand in delaying the start of Oregon’s lucrative commercial Dungeness crab season in recent years. Not this season — at least not yet. For the...

Tainted oysters sicken more than 20 after warning lapse

Nov. 23, 2021 17:33 PM EST

CALIFORNIA, Md. (AP) — A water utility warned last month that an overwhelmed sewage system sent more than 25,000 gallons of waste into a Potomac River tributary. But the Maryland Department of the Environment said it wasn’t until Virginia officials investigating a foodborne illness...

Feds declare East Coast herring fishing industry a disaster

Nov. 22, 2021 18:16 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The herring fishing industry in the Northeast qualifies for federal assistance because its 2019 season has been declared a disaster. The federal government has the ability to declare a “fishery disaster” when adverse circumstances in a fishery...

Work starting on 1st commercial-scale US offshore wind farm

Nov. 18, 2021 17:38 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland joined with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday to mark the groundbreaking of the Vineyard Wind 1 project, the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States. The project is the first of many...

Ban on lobster fishing to save whales is back, court rules

Nov. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has reinstated a ban on lobster harvesting in hundreds of miles of productive fishing waters off the Maine coast to try to protect rare whales. The Maine Lobstering Union had won emergency relief to stop the closure of...

Environmentalists can continue with suit to protect whales

Nov. 12, 2021 17:20 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal court is allowing a team of environmental groups to continue with a lawsuit against the U.S. government that seeks to create stronger rules to protect rare whales from collisions with ships. The environmental groups want to protect North...