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Enviros want salmon listed on Maine endangered list

Jun. 2, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A coalition of Maine conservation groups is calling on the state to add the Atlantic salmon to its list of endangered species. Maine's rivers were once full of the salmon, but their population was decimated by overfishing, damming and environmental factors. They return only to a few...

New England cod fishery restrictions in place this spring

May. 31, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing for Atlantic cod is limited by closures off the coast of New England this spring, federal fishing managers said. Cod were once the subject of one of the largest fisheries in the country, but it has collapsed after years of overfishing and is much smaller than it...

9-year-old boy in Tennessee catches 80-pound lake sturgeon

May. 13, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A nine-year-old boy in Tennessee became the third child in his family to catch a monster fish, reeling in an 80-pound sturgeon that outweighed him by far. Coye Price was eager to catch something big after his 11-year-old sister Caitlin hooked a 40-pound striper and his...

Feds might reduce US catch of bluefish to avoid overfishing

May. 13, 2020 2:02 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal regulators are considering the East Coast's harvest of bluefish to prevent overfishing. Bluefish are popular gamefish that are also harvested commercially for food. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the catch of the fish would be reduced by 25%, to about 2.8...

FILE- In this Feb. 6, 1969, file photo, state forestry conservation crews gather up oil-soaked straw on a beach in Santa Barbara, Calif. Fifty years after the first Earth Day helped spur activism over air and water pollution and disappearing plants and animals, significant improvements are undeniable but monumental challenges remain. Minority communities suffer disproportionately from ongoing contamination. Deforestation, habitat loss and overfishing have wreaked havoc on global biodiversity. And the existential threat of climate change looms large. (AP Photo/Wally Fong, File)

As Earth Day turns 50, green movement faces fresh challenges

Apr. 21, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gina McCarthy remembers the way things used to be: Tar balls clinging to her legs after swimming in Boston Harbor. The Merrimack River colored bright blue and green by textile mill chemicals. Black smoke everywhere. Kim Wasserman worries about what it's like today: Hundreds of diesel trucks...

Hawaii conservation groups file white-tip shark lawsuit

Apr. 4, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Marine Fisheries Service was asked in a lawsuit filed in Hawaii to protect Pacific oceanic white-tip sharks, which are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. The environmental law firm Earthjustice filed the lawsuit on behalf of several conservation...