| 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...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 12:57 PM
Wondering if you should venture outside of the harbor entrance this weekend? I recommend that you go whale watching with your family and friends aboard your boat or book a trip with a commercial operator. The seas will be under four feet, but...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 6:20 PM
DAVENPORT, Calif. — By now, water would typically be ripping down Scott Creek, and months ago it should have burst through a berm of sand to provide fish passage between freshwater and the ocean.
Instead, young coho salmon from this redwood and...
| 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...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 4:55 PM
The National Marine Fisheries Service violated federal law when it authorized the Navy's use of sonar in training exercises off Hawaii and California through 2018, an environmental group said in a lawsuit filed Monday.
The agency's own analysis had...
| 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...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 4:59 PM
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach last week rescued an elephant seal pup in Seal Beach, which SeaWorld had rehabilitated.
Melissa Sciacca, director of development and marketing at the center, said the incident wasn't cause for concern....
| Jun 23, 2011
| 10:30 AM
In his recent article about oyster farming ("State's oyster farmers snagged on red tape," June 20), Tim Wheeler left out several important facts regarding the issuance of aquaculture leases. Had they been included, perhaps the headline of the article...
| Nov 9, 2010
This past summer, seven Puget Sound killer whaleswent missing and are presumed dead in what would be the largest decline in the local Orca population in a decade.
There were once hundreds of southern resident Orcas swimming in the waters of Puget Sound...