| Aug 11, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Seventy miles off Ocean City, scientists aboard the federal research vessel Henry B. Bigelow are exploring a lush underwater landscape that until recently few would have imagined — colorful corals clinging to the rocky slopes of deep-sea canyons....
| Jul 29, 2014
| 3:35 PM
The House passed a bill Tuesday that would require the government to disclose all data it relies upon when determining whether a species is endangered.
GOP supporters say the legislation was introduced in response to an increasing number of plant and...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 5:53 PM
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides is filling two of the key vacant posts at City Hall: city manager and city attorney.
Pantelides has nominated Thomas C. Andrews as city manager and Michael G. Leahy as city attorney. The Annapolis city council must...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 3:30 AM
There's new help on the way for what used to be the Chesapeake Bay's most important fish, though how much good it will do remains to be seen.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has enacted a first-ever cap on how many American shad and...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 6:35 PM
Federal officials have denied a petition by San Joaquin Valley farmers to drop a small West Coast group of killer whales from the endangered species list.
The refusal represents the latest development in a decade-long legal battle over protections for...
| May 10, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Two federal agencies on Friday announced a major review of how seismic testing for oil and gas deposits affects marine mammals and fish in deep waters off the Gulf of Mexico.
So-called seismic surveys entail blasts from air guns or other ship-borne...
| May 22, 2013
| 7:20 AM
Conservationists are decrying a move by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to loosen what critics say is already a lax restriction on shark finning, the controversial practice of slicing the fins off and discarding the body at sea.
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:10 PM
WASHINGTON — The crabbers are getting, well, crabby.
With the offices of the National Marine Fisheries Service closed because of the federal government shutdown, fishermen have been unable to get permits for the Alaska king crab season, which...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:36 PM
WASHINGTON — Yosemite National Park's visitor centers were open. The barricades at the World War II memorial were down. And the Giant Panda Cam was back on.
Thousands of federal workers returned to their jobs Thursday after Congress passed and...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 4:50 PM
The sardine fishing boat Eileen motored slowly through moonlit waters from San Pedro to Santa Catalina Island, its weary-eyed captain growing more desperate as the night wore on. After 12 hours and $1,000 worth of fuel, Corbin Hanson and his crew returned...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 7:12 PM
Officials announced Tuesday that they are temporarily waiving an endangered species protection to enable water managers to send more Northern California water south.
The move comes as fishery agencies are under increasing political pressure to take...