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The federal government has denied a request from a group of environmental organizations to immediately apply proposed ship-speed restrictions in an effort to save a vanishing species of whale. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering new rules designed to stop large…

FILE- Gulls follow a commercial fishing boat as crewmen haul in their catch in the Gulf of Maine, in this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo. Changes to the U.S.'s rules about the monitoring of Northeast commercial fishing activities went into effect this month with a goal of providing more accurate i…

Changes to U.S. rules about the monitoring of Northeast commercial fishing activities are going into effect this month with a goal of providing more accurate information about some of the nation’s oldest fisheries. The U.S. mandates observers to work onboard fishing boats to collect data and…

The warming of the waters off the East Coast has brought the loss of microscopic organisms that make up the base of the ocean’s food chain. Maine-based scientists who recently reported the results of a years-long, NASA-funded study about the subject say the increasing warmth and saltiness of…

In this undated photo released by the Hawaii Police Department is Mark Knittle. Rescuers searched for a third day Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, for the Hawaii fisherman who went overboard from a boat after hooking a tuna over the weekend, authorities said. Knittle, 63, of Captain Cook, was fishing…

The search continues for a missing Hawaii fisherman who went overboard from a boat after hooking a tuna over the weekend. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Hawaii County Fire Department are searching for Mark Knittle from the air and water. Police say Knittle and a friend were fishing off the Big…

Environmental and fishing groups say there's “no evidence” that site preparation work for offshore wind farms in New Jersey and New York is responsible for a spate of whale deaths in the two states. Many of New Jersey’s leading environmental groups held a press conference Tuesday on the Atla…

Officials say the most recent whale found dead on a New Jersey shoreline had apparently been struck by a vessel. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center said Sunday that preliminary results of a necropsy indicates that the humpback whale found Thursday in Brigantine had “blunt trauma injuries con…

The body of a humpack whale lies on a beach in Brigantine N.J., after it washed ashore on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. It was the seventh dead whale to wash ashore in New Jersey and New York in little over a month, prompting calls for a temporary halt in offshore wind farm preparation on the ocean…

Amid the increasing popularity of Solomon Jacobs Landing, a recent meeting of the Waterways Board’s Public Facilities Subcommittee discussed whether terms of a state Boating Infrastructure Grant that paid for the docks prohibits commercial usage, and whether recreational transient boaters sh…

FILE - An Atlantic cod swims in an aquarium at the Musee du Fjord in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, July 2, 2022. Federal authorities have announced an ambitious plan to rebuild the collapsed Atlantic cod stock. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Federal ocean regulators say a new fishing plan has a chance to rebuild the New England cod stock, which is a goal even many commercial fishermen have long regarded as far fetched. Atlantic cod were once a cornerstone of the New England economy, but the catch has plummeted after years of ove…

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary:

Scientists say some species of shark return to the same breeding grounds for decades at a time, and live longer than previously thought. The scientists with the New England Aquarium found that nurse sharks returned to the waters off the Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys to mate for up to 28 y…

Fish passage projects in four New England slated are among three dozen slated for funding by the federal government. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has recommended more than $100 million for fish passage projects around the country as part of a federal infrastructure law…

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Monday, southwinds 10 to 15 knots with gusts up to 25 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet.

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

A federal judge has ruled that new lobster fishing restrictions designed to conserve rare whales will be delayed until 2024 to give the government time to design them. The ruling Thursday by a U.S. district judge came on the heels of his July ruling that new, stronger rules are needed to pro…

An international nonprofit organization that sets sustainability standards for commercial fishing management has suspended a certification it awarded Maine’s lobster industry over concerns about harm to whales. Representatives for the London-based Marine Stewardship Council said Wednesday th…

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

A group of commercial fishermen is asking the Supreme Court to stop the federal government from making them pay for workers who gather data aboard fishing boats. The fishermen harvest Atlantic herring off the East Coast and are opposed to a 2020 rule implemented by the National Oceanic and A…

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

BOSTON — A major offshore wind project in the Massachusetts pipeline "is no longer viable and would not be able to move forward" under the terms of contracts filed in May and now both developers behind the state's next two offshore wind projects are asking state regulators to pause review of…

A Coast Guard Station Chincoteague 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew safely transfers 12 people ashore at the station on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 in Chincoteague, Va. Thirteen people were rescued from a sinking fishing vessel early Friday more than 60 miles (96 kilometers) off the coast of Virginia,…

The U.S. Coast Guard, a crew of scientists and others launched an air and sea mission to rescue 13 people, including a child, from a fishing vessel just moments before it sank in darkness in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia. The Coast Guard said in a statement that it received a …

Fishing regulators and the seafood industry are coming to grips with the possibility some species that have declined with climate change might not come back. It's rare for regulators to completely shut down a fishery, but they're considering doing just that in at least one instance, and warm…

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

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