BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan beet sugar company will pay $562,500 in fines and environmental restoration costs for air and water pollution violations under a deal with the state Department of Environmental Quality.
The agreement settles a lawsuit the DEQ filed against Michigan Sugar ...
New York sues feds over quota for important food fish
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state of New York is filing a lawsuit against the federal government over quota allocations for an important species of commercial fish that Gov. Andrew Cuomo says are unfair.
The fish in question is summer flounder, also called fluke, which is the subject of one of ...
Utah couple on track to open state’s first tilapia farm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah couple is on track to open the state’s first tilapia farm after they got an exemption from a law that prohibits commercial farming of the species because it can pose a threat to native fish.
Cliff and Teri Sackett are looking to build an aquaponics facility ...
The rules that govern recreational marine fishing in the U.S. will get an overhaul due to a new law passed by Congress, and the country’s millions of anglers and the groups that stake their livelihoods on them hope the changes will bring better management.
The new standards are part of a ...
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Jake Kremer is the type of angler who embraces the diversity of fish in Idaho’s waters and isn’t content to only angle for popular species like bass, trout, salmon and steelhead.
If there is a catchable fish out there, Kremer wants to hook and land it, examine the ...
Oregon begins killing sea lions after relocation fails
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have started killing California sea lions that threaten a fragile and unique type of trout in the Willamette River, a body of water that’s miles inland from the coastal areas where the massive carnivorous aquatic mammals usually congregate to ...
California surfer survives shark attack, gets 50 stitches
LOS OSOS, Calif. (AP) — A surfer suffered leg bites but survived a shark attack on California’s Central Coast after kicking the massive fish away.
Nick Wapner, 19, was bitten on Tuesday morning while he was surfing with friends off Montana de Oro State Park, the
California surfer survives shark attack
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State fisheries officials have closed commercial and sport fishing for chinook salmon in northern Cook Inlet for 2019.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Monday also announced restrictions for subsistence fishing of chinooks, also known as king ...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources officials are taking donated natural Christmas trees through Jan. 15 to use as fish habitat in lakes.
The agency said in a news release there are 39 drop-off locations in 34 counties. Visit
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are planning to use donated Christmas trees to provide woody cover for fish.
Division of Natural Resources workers have been collecting trees to place in Beech Fork and East Lynn lakes.
District fisheries biologist Jeff Hansbarger told ...
TOKYO (AP) — A 612-pound (278-kilogram) bluefin tuna sold for a record 333.6 million yen ($3 million) at the first auction of 2019, after Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji market was moved to a new site on the city’s waterfront.
The winning bid for the prized but threatened species at the predawn ...
SEATTLE (AP) — Two more Puget Sound orcas are ailing and probably will be dead by summer, according an expert on the critically endangered population of killer whales that live in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
Drone photography taken this past September showed the ailing population ...
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director Scott Talbott says 2018 was a year especially notable for the partnerships between his agency and the public to manage wildlife and conserve it for the future.
Talbott noted the collaboration of the department and the public ...
OTIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine state biologist says a species of illegally introduced fish has turned up in a landlocked pond in a rural part of the state, potentially jeopardizing the local ecosystem.
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Gregory Burr says landlocked ...
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Large Maine salmon farm to prioritize sustainability
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The architects of a large salmon farm planned for coastal Maine say they will seek a sustainability certification once the facility is up and running.
Nordic Aquafarms plans to build an inland salmon farm capable of producing more than 60 million pounds of fish per ...
Idaho approves burbot fishing after populations rebound
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Idaho has approved a fishing season for burbot after regional populations of the freshwater cod in the Kootenai River numbered about 50,000.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologist has netted a huge Utah sucker from in Jackson Lake that would have been a state record if he had been using a hook and line.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide
Fish found in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee called endangered
ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Federal officials are putting a fish whose habitat is threatened by development in southern states on the endangered species list.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is adding the trispot darter fish to the list.
The trispot darter can be found in the Coosa ...
Biologists seek cause of Lake Champlain salmon decline
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Biologists are trying to determine whether a warm, dry fall is responsible for a drop in the number of landlocked Atlantic salmon that swam up a Lake Champlain tributary in Vermont to spawn this fall or if there could be other reasons behind a five-year decline.
Arizona, Utah sync licensing rules for Lake Powell fishing
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona and Utah are now in sync on what’s needed to fish on Lake Powell, the Colorado River lake that straddles the border between the two states.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources announced Friday that residents of Arizona and ...
St. Louis parks accepting Christmas trees for recycling
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several St. Louis-area parks are accepting used natural Christmas trees to be recycled and used as fish habitat.
Trees can be dropped off at Spanish Lake Park, August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles and Cuivre River State Park.
Trees should be free ...
Washington to release chinook fry after power outage
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Up to 2.75 million fall chinook salmon fry are headed to the Minter Creek Hatchery in Pierce County in an effort to replace salmon lost during a Dec. 14 power outage at the facility.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife received approval Friday from NOAA ...
Scientists monitor juvenile sea lampreys on St. Clair River
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — The contraptions stretching from behind navigational buoys in the St. Clair River are trap nets placed there to monitor sea lamprey populations.
“They’re fyke nets,” said Kevin Tallon, an assessment biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Sault Ste. Marie, ...
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Ohio reports another strong walleye hatch in Lake Erie
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s wildlife agency says the outlook for walleye fishing on Lake Erie is bright.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says its surveys by fish scientists in Lake Erie’s central basin are revealing an “exceptional” walleye hatch this year.
Eric Weimer of ...
Free ice fishing weekend set for North Dakota this weekend
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s free ice fishing weekend is scheduled this upcoming weekend.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says resident anglers may fish that weekend without a license. All other ice fishing regulations apply.
Those interested in darkhouse ...
Federal program pays $1.4 million to pikeminnow anglers
SEATTLE (AP) — A program that pays anglers to catch a predator that eats young salmon and steelhead resulted in more than 180,000 northern pikeminnows being caught and killed in the Columbia and Snake rivers this year, federal officials say.
The anglers were paid $1.4 million for catching ...
Thailand to honor beautiful, violent Siamese fighting fish
BANGKOK (AP) — The Siamese fighting fish, a popular beauty in home aquariums and a popular bet for gamblers for their violent territoriality, is set to become Thailand’s national aquatic animal.
The often brightly-hued fish is also called a betta, but government minister Suwapan ...
Mazda Toyota reach environmental agreement over fish
HUNTSVILLLE, Ala. (AP) — Environmental groups say they’ve reached an agreement with Mazda Toyota Manufacturing to protect an endangered fish near the company’s planned automobile plant in north Alabama.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Tennessee Riverkeeper said Thursday the $6 ...
Power outage causes death of 6.2M chinook salmon fry
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — State officials say more than 6.2 million chinook salmon fry died last week when strong winds caused a power outage at a state hatchery in Gig Harbor.
The News Tribune reports the fish were ...
Groups: US must consider how salmon fishing hurts orcas
SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to consider how salmon fishing off the West Coast is affecting endangered killer whales, two conservation groups said Tuesday as they threatened a lawsuit.
The Arizona-based Center for Biological ...
Land for outdoor recreation donated to state of South Dakota
CLEAR LAKE, S.D. (AP) — A conservation organization has gifted 580 acres of land in northeast South Dakota to the state for outdoor recreation.
Minnesota residents John and Kimberly Puckett donated the property to the Nature Conservancy with the goal of it ending up in public ownership. ...
SD conservation agency amasses over 1.8 million archives
SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — People who have lived in Spearfish all their lives are often surprised to find out that the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery also includes the National Fish and Aquatic Conservation Archives — meaning that there are items from every state and several foreign ...
Collection of fish species grows at Western New Mexico
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The collection of preserved deep-sea fish at Western New Mexico University has expanded to include ones with long teeth and glowing organs.
The Silver City Sun-News
Frogs, fish and small birds die in English zoo fire
LONDON (AP) — A zoo in northwest England says insects, frogs, fish and small birds perished in a fire that broke out in an enclosure devoted to exotic tropical habitats.
Chester Zoo said in a statement issued on Sunday that keepers were able to lure all mammal species to safety, including ...
Officials: 360,000 spring chinook die at aging fish hatchery
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials say 360,000 young salmon and eggs have died at a western Oregon fish hatchery.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in a news release Friday says the spring chinook died at the aging Cole Rivers Hatchery due to not getting enough ...
APOLLO, Pa. (AP) — Making a prize trophy — be it a deer, bear, turkey, mountain lion, zebra or any other mammal, fish or fowl — look lifelike through taxidermy for hunter or fisherman is a real art form, area taxidermists say.
“I like to create art, and that is what this really is,” said ...
Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins, worth about $58,000 on the black market.
It’s against U.S. law to remove the fins of sharks at sea. Prosecutors say ...
The Latest: 10 fishermen plead guilty in shark fin case
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on shark fin smuggling charges (all times local):
Ten Indonesian fishermen who were arrested in Hawaii and charged with attempting to smuggle shark fins have plead guilty to a lesser charge.
Court records show four of them pleaded guilty ...
‘Wild’ salmon may be straight from the farm, NY report finds
NEW YORK (AP) — That wild sockeye salmon in the refrigerated aisle may be straight from the fish farm, New York’s attorney general said in a report released Friday.
The report from Attorney General Barbara Underwood found that more than one-fourth of the seafood her office sampled in a ...
Idaho utility, Idaho and Oregon make deal on fish passage
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho utility, Idaho and Oregon have reached a deal involving the operation of a hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border.
The agreement made public Friday means water-quality certifications from each state for Idaho Power to operate the ...
Officials restock Animas River with fish following die-off
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The restoration of the Animas River is underway, as Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have poured 1,500 rainbow trout into the river.
The Durango Herald reports ...
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Dogfish harvest to stay same in ’19 as fishermen seek market
BOSTON (AP) — Federal ocean managers are allowing the same level of harvest of smooth dogfish, a small species of shark that members of the East Coast seafood industry have tried to find a market for.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the smooth dogfish quota will be ...
Catch limits increase for key West Coast groundfish species
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal officials said Tuesday they are increasing catch limits for several species of West Coast groundfish that were severely depleted more than a dozen years ago in a crisis that posed a threat to the commercial and sports fishing industries.
Limits for yelloweye ...
Warmer-than-normal water mass emerges in Gulf of Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Another mass of warmer than normal water is slowly re-emerging in the Gulf of Alaska, scientists said.
The new “blob” could affect weather and fisheries in southeastern Alaska, but scientists said it doesn’t appear as strong as the first one in 2013, KTOO Public Media ...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio catfish farm that brought national attention to the region’s groundwater politics is having its well capped after a decade of litigation.
Living Waters Artesian Springs Catfish Farm owner Ronnie Pucek fought for years over the Edwards Aquifer, which was ...
Idaho steelhead fishing to remain open on most rivers
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho wildlife officials have approved an agreement with conservation groups and sport anglers to keep most steelhead fishing areas open.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to support the deal on Friday, the same day Idaho steelhead seasons were ...