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  • Fishy fraud: Officials fight overweighted, overpriced seafood

    Fishy fraud: Officials fight overweighted, overpriced seafood
    Does your seafood look more succulent than it is? “Overglazing” fish by adding layers of ice and “soaking” scallops to boost bloat are common -- and fraudulent -- tactics that federal seafood officials say they’re trying to...
  • New move to save historic shad

    New move to save historic shad
    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...
  • The Harbor Report: The eelgrass is greener with state blessing

    This week's column should be titled "Eelgrass for Dummies" — because the topic has been a sticking point around the harbor for years, and we all have to understand it better if we ever want to obtain dredging permits for our docks. In my column...
  • Federal agency denies petition to delist Pacific NW killer whales

    Federal agency denies petition to delist Pacific NW killer whales
    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...
  • Feds to study oil exploration's effects on marine life

    Feds to study oil exploration's effects on marine life
    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...
  • Conservationists decry shark finning loophole

    Conservationists decry shark finning loophole
    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. At its...
  • Government shutdown hits fishermen, farmers, physicists

    Government shutdown hits fishermen, farmers, physicists
    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...
  • Government is working again, sort of

    Government is working again, sort of
    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...
  • West Coast sardine crash could radiate throughout ecosystem

    West Coast sardine crash could radiate throughout ecosystem
    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...
  • California water managers ease delta pumping limits

    California water managers ease delta pumping limits
    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...
  • Drought blocking passages to sea for California coho salmon

    Drought blocking passages to sea for California coho salmon
    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...