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Hong Kong seizes smuggled Australian lobsters amid China ban

Oct. 15, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and mainland authorities have seized about $540,000 worth of smuggled Australian lobsters believed to be bound for the mainland, after China restricted imports of the crustacean amid escalating tensions with Australia. Hong Kong authorities...

Maine lobster fishers donate 600-pound tuna to soup kitchen

Sep. 29, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Belfast soup kitchen had a tuna weighing 600 pounds (270 kilograms) donated for its meals last week by a lobster fishing crew that netted the fish. The crewmembers from J & J Lobster were catching bait near the coast when the massive bluefin...

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...

Lobster fishing group files lawsuit against feds whale plan

Sep. 27, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A lobster fishing group based in Maine filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Monday charging new rules designed to protect whales are not based on the best available science. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

Maine will keep pressure on about threats to right whales

Sep. 14, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will continue pressuring the federal government with the message that an endangered species of whale faces numerous threats that have nothing to do with Maine’s lobster fishing industry, the head of the state's fisheries department said Tuesday. ...

Lobster fishing will face restrictions to try to save whales

Aug. 31, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's lobster fishing industry will face a host of new harvesting restrictions amid a new push from the federal government to try to save a vanishing species of whale. The new rules, which have loomed over the profitable lobster industry for...

Feds eye new rules to protect right whales from fishing gear

Aug. 25, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal ocean regulators are considering new rules to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from fishing gear. The whales number only about 360 and are vulnerable to entanglement in the gear. Most of the government's efforts to protect...

Lobster boat tracking coming to protect whales, fishery

Aug. 15, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's lobster fishing businesses could be subjected to electronic tracking requirements to try to protect vulnerable right whales and get a better idea of the population of the valuable crustaceans. An arm of the Atlantic States Marine...

1 dead, 1 injured in Florida's 2-day lobster miniseason

Jul. 28, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — One diver died and another man was injured in separate incidents as Florida's lobster miniseason opened Wednesday, authorities said. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office tweeted that the diver died early Wednesday while preparing to harvest spiny...

White House has whale conservation rule proposal for review

Jul. 25, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Proposed rules designed to protect a declining species of whale have arrived at the White House for review. The federal government is working on rules designed to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales. The whales number only about 360. They...