Latest Oceans News

Feds to provide boost to lobster, crab, whelk projects

May. 27, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The federal government is providing more than $2 million to several institutions on the East Coast for fishery projects designed to accomplish goals such as expanding the green crab harvest and reducing mortality on the lobster supply chain. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Honolulu to delay planned stormwater utility fee for a year

May. 26, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu will delay a planned stormwater utility fee and fund until after Hawaii’s economy improves from the impact of the coronavirus, officials said. The city plans to continue a second series of community meetings this week about a proposal to improve storm water management and to...

2 dozen Maine nonprofit groups to get grants amid pandemic

May. 25, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A community foundation in Maine is providing more than $200,000 in grants to a marine science institution, a gay advocacy group and others. The Maine Community Foundation said it's giving the grants to 24 nonprofits in the state. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland will...

Man dies in latest shooting on Myrtle Beach tourist strip

May. 25, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has died after he was shot near the main tourist strip in Myrtle Beach, the third shooting in the area in a little more than a week. The Horry County coroner tells The Sun News of Myrtle Beach that Cadric Elmore Jr. of Greenwood was found shot to death early...

Boy wants to save the oceans. His moms are there to help.

May. 25, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — One day last year, Miles Fetherston-Resch was watching the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week when he decided he wanted to donate the money in his piggy bank — all $13 of it — to ocean conservancy. He was 6 at the time. And as with all declarations by boys that...

Maine to collect ocean acidification data with new sensors

May. 24, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine marine officials said three new sensors installed in a coastal community will help scientists get a better understanding of ocean acidifcation. The growing acid levels in the ocean are a hazard for some kinds of sea life, including some of those sought by Maine...

Magnitude-6.1 earthquake hits in ocean west of Mexico

May. 22, 2020 6:14 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a relatively strong earthquake has been recorded in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico. The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1, hit at 3:46 a.m. local time Friday at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). The epicenter was 173 km (108 miles)...

In this Friday, May 15, 2020 photo, houses are seen near a recently completed

Cities find green ways to reduce storm floods

May. 21, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For more than a century, New Orleans has depended on canals and pumps to get rid of stormwater in a city where about half the land is below sea level. Now the bustling Mississippi River port that expanded by filling in wetlands is spending $270 million to create spaces for rainwater,...

FILE - In this June 28, 2015, file photo, WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard arriving at the Los Angeles premiere of

Former WWE pro Shad Gaspard missing in ocean off California

May. 19, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard was still missing Tuesday after he was swept out to sea in Southern California last weekend while swimming with his young son. Gaspard's 10-year-old son, Aryeh, was rescued and several other swimmers made it out of the water safely...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, artifacts recovered from the Titanic sit on shelves at a storage facility in Atlanta.  A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph machine that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic ocean liner.  In an order released Monday, May 18, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith agreed that the telegraph is historically and culturally important and could soon be lost within the rapidly decaying wreck site.  (AP Photo/Angie Wang, File)

Judge: Salvage firm can recover Titanic's telegraph machine

May. 19, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph machine that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic ocean liner. In an order released Monday, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith agreed that the telegraph is...