The Obama administration has approved plans for underwater blasts to test for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. Marine ecologists say the plans will compound an already noise polluted ocean. Leila Hatch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told a Savannah audience that noise is bombarding marine life.
Soon, ships sailing through the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick will get to their destinations a little bit slower. That’s because of a federal regulation to protect the endangered right whale. Officials are now enforcing a speed limit for ships, designed to protect the whales during their winter birthing season.
Federal forecasters are predicting yet another busy hurricane season. Thursday's outlook calls for 13 to 20 named storms, 7 to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and 3 to 6 that become major hurricanes.
Fisheries managers now have a manual for fighting an ecological disaster in the Atlantic Ocean. The invasive lionfish has taken hold on the East Coast and threatens to kill commercially important fish like grouper and snapper.
Officials recently certified a new device that helps endangered sea turtles escape from shrimp nets. The device satisfies conservation groups that want to protect sea turtles. Shrimpers don't like having to shift through bycatch or throw-away sea creatures that end up in their nets.