MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States...
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael being upgraded to a Category 5 storm (all times local):
The mayor of the Florida city that was ground zero for Hurricane Michael...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As soon as she walked up to the whale, Kate Savage could tell how it died.
There were three deep, long parallel slices just in front of the sperm whale's dorsal fin....
NOAA: Bryde’s whales in Gulf of Mexico are endangered
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal scientists say a tiny group of Bryde's whales in the Gulf of Mexico is endangered, facing threats including oil and gas exploration and development.
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials are supporting a decadeslong request by a Native American tribe in Washington state to resume what would be the only authorized whale hunts in the mainland U.S., a...
BOSTON (AP) — Federal fishing regulators say catch quotas and regulations for Atlantic bluefish will be about the same this year as they were in 2018.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's Kona crab fishery is healthy enough to expand the catch brought to market, according to an assessment by a federal marine science agency.
Alaska seeks to delist Arctic ringed seals as threatened
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials say they are seeking to remove threatened species protection from an Arctic seal species.
KTVA-TV reports the state Department of Fish and Game...
Federal officials say they've signed a 10-year memorandum of understanding about offshore wind energy with fishing industry interests on the East Coast.
Correction: Southern Flood Threat story
In a story March 21 about the U.S. flooding outlook, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a weather forecaster. He is Kevin Low, not Lao.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the spring flood threat in the U.S. (all times local):
U.S. weather experts say the stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring...
HONOLULU (AP) — A number of private boats helped a team of federal responders free a young humpback whale from heavy gauge fishing gear off Hawaii, officials said Thursday.
SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. officials are considering whether new fishing restrictions are necessary to help prevent the extinction of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound.
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is expanding a protected zone off of New England to attempt to protect endangered right whales.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is drenched and its mountains are piled high with snow amid a still-unfolding winter of storms that was unimaginable just a few months ago.
El Nino is back but it’s late, weak and probably no big deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — An El Nino, which can alter weather worldwide, has formed but it's so weak and late that it shouldn't be a big deal, U.S. forecasters said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that the climate feature formed in the central Pacific, but forecasters don't expect it to last more than three or four months.
NOAA again extends protection zone to help right whales
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is again stretching the duration of a protected area off of Massachusetts to try to keep endangered right whales safe.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been using the protected area to try to keep a large group of North Atlantic right whales south of Nantucket from being harmed. The whales were first seen in the area in January.
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2018 was 4th warmest, but next 5 years could break records
WASHINGTON (AP) — While 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, British meteorologists are predicting the next five years will be much hotter, maybe even record-breaking.
No selfies with seals, NOAA tells New Englanders
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is reminding New Englanders that attempting to take a selfie with a seal or a seal pup is a very bad idea.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration acknowledges that seal pups are adorable, but also says "the best thing you can do for them is to keep your distance." It says people and pets should stay at least 150 feet away from seals.
NOAA extends protected zone for endangered right whales
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is extending the duration of a protected area off of Massachusetts to try to keep endangered right whales safe.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has identified a large group of North Atlantic right whales south of Nantucket.
NOAA official: Agency behind on East Coast due to shutdown
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The administrator of a federal fisheries office says the government is behind schedule on actions related to oceans management because of the long shutdown.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is charged with regulating fishing and marine issues for the U.S. government. Michael Pentony, the administrator of its Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office, says Monday the office is "behind schedule on many, many critically important actions."
NOAA asks mariners to avoid group of 100 endangered whales
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government says there is a large aggregation of an endangered species of whale south of Nantucket, and mariners should avoid it for the safety of the animals.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the group of 100 North Atlantic right whales was seen in the area in mid-January. It's asking mariners to route around the area or transit through at 10 knots or less. The management area is in effect until Wednesday.
Shutdown makes it tough for groups to help endangered whales
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work.
Feds: US fishermen had good year aided by lobsters, scallops
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, buoyed by growth in key species such as sea scallops and American lobsters, the federal government reported on Thursday.
Weather agency chief: I’ve never briefed Trump on warming
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the government agency that monitors climate change says that in nearly two years he has never discussed the issue with President Donald Trump.
Acting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Adm. Timothy Gallaudet said in a press conference at a scientific meeting this week, "I personally have not briefed the president on climate change."
Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth's polar regions at times they don't expect, like winter, and in places they don't expect, like eastern Antarctica.
Correction: Dolphin Deaths story
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — In a story Nov. 27 story about a red tide being suspected in dolphin deaths, The Associated Press erroneously cited the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as saying red tide happens when algae colonies grow out of control due to pollution from farming and other human activities. NOAA says environmental conditions such as light, temperature, nutrients and ocean currents are factors that can lead to the uncontrolled algae growth.
The Latest: Feds hope humpback talks will form plan, funding
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on meetings among U.S. officials and researchers about a decline in humpback whale sightings in Hawaii (all times local):
Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hope meetings about a decline in humpback whale sightings in Hawaii will help them to form a plan and get future funding.
NOAA extends protective zone to try to help right whales
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is extending a protective zone off Massachusetts to try to keep a large group of endangered whales safe from collisions with boats.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's applying the voluntary vessel speed restriction zone in an area 21 nautical miles south of Nantucket. A group of 17 right whales was seen in the area on Monday.
Divers haul in large amount of debris from marine monument
HONOLULU (AP) — A team of divers hauled in nearly 165,000 pounds (75,000 kilograms) of abandoned fishing nets and plastic waste during a cleanup expedition at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, federal officials said.
The 18 divers left Sept. 19 and returned Oct. 29 from a trek to the chain of isles and atolls located 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) northwest of the main Hawaiian islands, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which runs the expeditions.
All aboard: Teacher set sail in summer to track whales
FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Summer vacations bring beach trips and a two-month hiatus from school for many teachers, but for Lamar High School math teacher Michelle Greene, summer brought a two-week excursion on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship.
From July 15 to Aug. 3, Greene and scientists tracked cetaceans, whales, dolphins and porpoises, in the northern Atlantic Ocean near Rhode Island and Nova Scotia, Canada, through the NOAA Teacher at Sea program.
Another death of rare whale confirmed off Massachusetts
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the third death of a rare North Atlantic right whale this year has been confirmed.
NOAA and conservationists are keeping a close eye on the right whale population because of high mortality and low reproduction in recent years. The agency says a right whale carcass was found floating about 100 miles (161 kilometers) east of Nantucket on Sunday.
Study: 100-year rain events to strike Texas more frequently
DALLAS (AP) — Decades of additional weather data have led federal officials to reconsider rainfall totals in Texas that define 100-year weather events and caution that extreme rainstorms will strike the state more frequently.
Judge: NOAA can’t regulate fish farming under fisheries law
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans has thrown out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's rules for fish farms in the Gulf of Mexico, saying the agency lacked authority to make them.
NOAA: Distemper is causing seal deaths in New England
Researchers say an outbreak of distemper is to blame for a rash of seal deaths in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday that the main pathogen found in the seals is phocine distemper virus. The agency said avian flu also was suspected based on early results but new test results do not point to it as a major cause.
In late August, NOAA declared the seal deaths to be an "unusual mortality event."
NOAA seeks to fine ‘Codfather’ $3 million, revoke permits
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts fishing magnate known as "the Codfather" is already in prison after pleading guilty to criminal charges, but his troubles aren't over.
Federal fishing regulators have issued superseding charging documents in their civil administrative case involving Carlos Rafael, seeking to revoke dozens of his fishing permits and increase civil penalties to more than $3.3 million.
West Virginia native hunts hurricanes
BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — As hurricanes approach the coast, millions monitor the news and prepare for the worst.
Beaver native Nick Underwood, however, flies ferociously into the eye of the storm, and gathers data on the monster to make people in its path aware of its strength.
Underwood, 26, has worked as an aerospace engineer and hurricane hunter for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Florida since August 2016.
NOAA funds projects to reduce bycatch with engineering
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of organizations is getting more than $2 million in grants to use engineering to try to reduce bycatch in fisheries.
Bycatch is the term for when fish and other animals are accidentally caught with gear that was seeking a different species. Bycatch poses problems for rare species of dolphins, turtles, sharks and other animals.
NOAA declares seal die-off as ‘unusual mortality event’
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is declaring the deaths of hundreds of seals off the New England coast this summer to be an "unusual mortality event."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday it will investigate the "elevated strandings of harbor and grey seals in the Northeast attributed to disease." It said 462 seals have been found dead off the New England coast in July and August, with most off of Maine and others off of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Agencies call for more resources to monitor sea level rise
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — More resources are needed to monitor sea level rise and erosion rates that could threaten coastal Alaska communities, officials said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hydrographic Services Review Panel is meeting in Juneau this week to discuss the issue with state and federal agencies, the Juneau Empire reported Tuesday.
NOAA to work on Arctic marine navigation during Juneau panel
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal panel that helps shape marine navigation in the U.S. Arctic and other Alaska locations is meeting this week in Juneau.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hydrographic Services Review Panel will convene Tuesday morning for three days, the Juneau Empire reported .
Alabama man fined for touching endangered Hawaiian monk seal
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — An Alabama man was fined $1,500 for touching a Hawaiian monk seal as well as harassing a sea turtle on Kauai, and then posting the videos on social media.
Avian flu, distemper may be to blame for rash of seal deaths
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two common diseases, avian flu and distemper, may be to blame for a rash of seal deaths that caused dozens of them to wash ashore in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts in the biggest die-off of seals since 2011, federal scientists said Thursday.
Feds cut back herring fishing amid concerns about population
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Herring harvests are being cut by millions of pounds because of concerns about the important little fish's population, the federal government announced on Wednesday.
Herring fishing is a major industry in New England and the mid-Atlantic states, where the schooling fish are harvested for use as bait, food, fish oil and other products. But a recent assessment shows the fish's stock is in decline, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
Cause of seal deaths likely won’t be known for weeks
SACO, Maine (AP) — The cause of a rash of seal deaths in Maine and New Hampshire likely won't be known for at least a couple of weeks as sample collections and tests are still needed.
Southern Maine beaches have been beset with dead harbor seals in recent days, with dozens washing up stranded or having perished. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Thursday sample collections still need to be completed, and then tests will take another two or three weeks or potentially longer.
Cause of seal die-offs still unknown as more wash ashore
SACO, Maine (AP) — Rehabilitation facilities are reaching full capacity in Maine as investigators are still trying to determine what's causing dead or stranded seals to wash ashore.
Teams trying to save ailing orca practice feeding live fish
FALSE BAY, Wash. (AP) — Teams taking drastic measures to save a young, ailing killer whale loaded up two boats with fat live salmon as the sun rose Friday and rushed to waters off Washington state's San Juan Island, preparing if needed to test-feed the critically endangered orca a day after injecting it with medicine.