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Maine using lottery to give out new scallop licenses

Oct. 26, 2021 02:02 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fishing regulators are collecting applications for the state lottery that gives out scallop harvesting licenses. Sea scallops are one of the most valuable marine resources in the state. The Maine Department of Marine Resources said it will...

Endangered whale population sinks close to 20-year low

Oct. 25, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A type of whale that is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world lost nearly 10% of its population last year, a group of scientists and ocean life advocates said on Monday. The North Atlantic right whale numbered only 366 in 2019, and its...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 22, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. October 21, 2021. Editorial: Absentee ballots a step forward for CT Among the many changes COVID-19 brought to Connecticut was an upending of traditional voting practices. With fears of contracting a deadly disease serving...

Murkowski reports bringing in nearly $1.1M in last quarter

Oct. 15, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski reported bringing in nearly $1.1 million during the last fundraising quarter, though the Republican has yet to formally announce any re-election plans. A report filed with the Federal Election Commission, released...

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. ...

Gambian women's voices on COVID-19 vaccines: "We are afraid"

Oct. 14, 2021 02:57 AM EDT

SERREKUNDA, Gambia (AP) — Oyster harvesting in Gambia is considered women’s work. It's a grueling task — they paddle rickety boats, then get into water up to their necks to lay nets. Many of the women are the sole family breadwinners, and that burden has only intensified with the...

New wind farms would dot US coastlines under Biden plan

Oct. 13, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven major offshore wind farms would be developed on the East and West coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico under a plan announced Wednesday by the Biden administration. The projects are part of President Joe Biden’s plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of...

Biden restores Bears Ears, other monuments cut by Trump

Oct. 08, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday restored two sprawling national monuments in Utah, reversing a decision by President Donald Trump that opened for mining and other development hundreds of thousands of acres of rugged lands sacred to Native Americans and home to ancient cliff...

Biden to restore 3 national monuments cut by Trump

Oct. 07, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will restore two sprawling national monuments in Utah that have been at the center of a long-running public lands dispute, and a separate marine conservation area in New England that recently has been used for commercial fishing. Environmental...

Maine governor to take side of fishing biz in whale lawsuit

Sep. 28, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor is intervening in a federal lawsuit that concerns the future of right whale protections and lobster fishing off New England. The lawsuit was filed by conservation group Center for Biological Diversity against the federal...