Stories about National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A mother North Atlantic right whale and her calf move through the Bay of Fundy near Grand Manan in 2009.

NOAA wants fewer lobster fishing buoy lines to protect whales

By Mary Ann Bragg, Cape Cod Times on July 14, 2013, at 7:43 p.m.
CAPE COD, Mass. — Federal officials want Northeast fishermen to use more traps on fewer buoy lines to keep whales from getting entangled in vertical ropes, according to an announcement Friday — a proposal at least one Cape Cod fisherman says is dangerous. To further protect North Atlantic right whales, …
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Penobscot River Restoration Trust's request to decommission and remove the Veazie Dam in 2010. The dam will be breached on July 22.

Celebration lineup set for breaching of Veazie Dam

By Dawn Gagnon on July 13, 2013, at 11:48 a.m.
EDDINGTON | The Penobscot River Restoration Trust and its public and private partners have announced the lineup of events planned for later this month to mark the historic breaching of the Veazie Dam, one of the few remaining impediments to the return of native sea-run fish to the Penobscot …

Ocean surface temperatures off Northeast coast highest in 150 years

By Bill Trotter on April 27, 2013, at 6:12 p.m.
Scientists worry how warmer temperatures are impacting marine life
Bill Duffy, a scientist with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, hoists a monkfish on the fishing vessel Endurance during this spring's research trip in the Gulf of Maine.

As fishermen face drastic cuts in cod limits, NOAA eases monkfish restrictions

By Richard Gaines, Gloucester Daily Times on Feb. 25, 2013, at 5:50 a.m.
NOAA Fisheries has announced proposed measures that would loosen controls in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank on monkfish, which is seen as a lucrative alternative to groundfish and often is caught by Gloucester groundfishermen and other New England groundfishermen. The proposed “temporary emergency action ” would suspend existing …

Feds to lift turtle restrictions on scallop fishermen

The Associated Press on July 17, 2012, at 5 a.m.
BOSTON — Federal regulators are eliminating restrictions that aim to stop scallop fishermen from snaring sea turtles, saying they’re unneeded because rule changes and gear modifications are protecting the reptiles. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it’s lifting restrictions the fleet now faces in the mid-Atlantic during May through …

New analysis shows eight percent of U.S. marine waters protected

on May 18, 2012, at 4:29 p.m.
New analysis of updated data has shown that eight percent of U.S. waters are currently designated as marine protected areas with the vast majority of these areas open to fishing and other activities, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration press release. U.S. sites are cataloged in the recently …

Conservationists favor ruling to offer more protection for river herring

The Associated Press on March 13, 2012, at 5:14 p.m.
PORTLAND | Conservationists have won a round in a legal battle trying to force fishery regulators to offer more protection for declining populations of river herring. A federal judge in Washington ruled Friday that that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hasn’t done enough to protect river herring — …

Feds list Gulf of Maine sturgeon as threatened species

By Bethe Brogran, Times Record on Feb. 01, 2012, at 3:34 p.m.
The National Marine Fisheries Service on Tuesday listed Atlantic sturgeon in the Gulf of Maine — including populations in the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers — as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. The service will now develop regulations to protect the fish. In addition to listing the …

New estimates of Atlantic, Gulf fishing will help determine limits

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers on Jan. 25, 2012, at 6:31 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday announced that it’s using a new way to estimate the amount of fish caught by recreational saltwater anglers on the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, the result of years of work on how to make the numbers …

5 Maine men face charges in scallop scam

By DARREN FISHELL, Times Record on Dec. 27, 2011, at 2:53 p.m.
HARPSWELL | Five Maine fishermen are facing federal conspiracy charges after allegedly overharvesting thousands of pounds of sea scallops off the coast of New Jersey. Robert E. Hersey Jr., 41, of Harpswell was among five men named in a Dec. 16 criminal complaint filed by the National Oceanic and …
Two older diesel engines rest on blocks at Billings Diesel and Marine boatyard in Stonington in front of The Pink Lady, a whale watching boat operated out of Boothbay Harbor by Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch. Work crews at the boatyard are installing two new "clean diesel" engines in The Pink Lady II that will reduce air pollution emissions by 21 percent and save roughly 3,000 gallons of
fuel annually.

Maine ships get cleaner engines as part of program to dramatically reduce emissions

By Kevin Miller on Nov. 13, 2011, at 7:25 p.m.
STONINGTON | New car shoppers visiting any dealer lot today will find plenty of examples of how the automotive industry has responded to increasingly stringent regulations on the unhealthy stuff that spews from vehicle tailpipes. From low-emission to zero-emission vehicles and hybrids to “clean diesels,” consumers can choose from …
U.S. Sens. Scott Brown (left), R-Mass., and John Kerry, D-Mass., listen to Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, during a hearing at the Statehouse in Boston on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, regarding the state of the Massachusetts fishing industry.

Massachusetts senator says NOAA head should be fired

The Associated Press on Oct. 22, 2011, at 11:33 a.m.
GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is calling on President Obama to fire the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, saying she has worsened the fishing industry’s problems. Brown said Saturday in a press conference at the Gloucester waterfront that Obama should replace Jane Lubchenco. In a …

Official says feds will cover fishery observer cost

The Associated Press on Oct. 20, 2011, at 6:18 p.m.
BOSTON — The nation’s oceans chief says the federal government will cover what fishermen feared could be crushing costs for the on-board observers that monitor how much they catch or throw overboard. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco announced Wednesday that the observers would be funded by the …

Sen. Kerry asks NOAA head to declare federal disaster for Northeast fisheries

The Associated Press on Oct. 19, 2011, at 4:48 p.m.
BOSTON — Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry on Wednesday asked the nation’s ocean chief to support a federal disaster declaration for New England’s fishing industry, saying it’s “desperately needed.” Kerry also asked National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco for money to improve fisheries science and pay millions for required …
A gray seal surveys it's surroundings on a ledge off the coast of Camden in April 2011. Federal authorities are joining the investigation into the deaths of dozens of seals found on beaches in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.

Feds join probe of dead seals in NH, Mass., Maine

The Associated Press on Oct. 05, 2011, at 12:05 p.m.
RYE, N.H. — Federal authorities are joining the investigation into the deaths of dozens of seals found on beaches in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is joining marine biologists from the New England Aquarium in Boston and state wildlife officials to try and figure …

Whales and Other Mammals

on Sept. 16, 2011, at 3:53 p.m.
Right whales, huge mammals that roam the ocean off the Maine coast, are an endangered species. Somewhat smaller mammals, the men and women who harvest Maine lobsters, are endangered, too. Some of the measures being taken to protect the whales are threatening the future of our lobstermen and the industry …
A researcher uses a flensing blade to cut into a minke whale as part of Wednesday's necropsy of the whale at Otter Cove in Acadia National Park.

Researchers, volunteers perform necropsy on whale at Acadia

on Aug. 24, 2011, at 7:33 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Researchers with College of the Atlantic’s Allied Whale, University of Maine, the Maine Marine Environmental Research Institute and unaffiliated volunteers spent most of Wednesday carefully dissecting an adult male minke whale that was brought to Otter Cove at Acadia National Park. With the necropsy, or detailed …

NOAA meetings to focus on smaller Maine dams impeding Atlantic salmon

By Kevin Miller on Aug. 06, 2011, at 6:05 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | In the ambitious effort to revive Maine’s Atlantic salmon runs, the $50 million campaign to remove or bypass three major dams on the Penobscot River has received the lion’s share of attention. And perhaps rightfully so, given the scope of the project. But salmon and other sea-run …

Fla. fisheries authority to lead national office

The Associated Press on July 26, 2011, at 6:26 p.m.
BOSTON — A high-ranking fisheries authority in Florida is taking over the top post at the embattled federal fisheries law enforcement office. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that Bruce Buckson has been named head of that office. Buckson is an FBI National Academy graduate and since 2007 …

Pingree backs bill to use fish fines for research

The Associated Press on July 21, 2011, at 5:05 p.m.
BOSTON — Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has introduced a bill to direct fines already collected from fishermen who broke fishery laws toward studies into the health of fish species. Regulators rely on such “stock assessments” in setting fish catch limits, but fishermen argue the assessments are outdated. Frank’s bill, introduced …