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Feds OK ocean seismic test; some fear for sea life

7-1-14
SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) — A federal agency has approved a plan to conduct seismic testing off the New Jersey coast, despite opponents' fears it could harm marine life and disrupt the state's fishing industry. The National Marine Fisheries Service ...

Jersey shore unfazed by great white shark surge

7-1-14
SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) — Despite a surge in the great white shark population and some recent sightings off the Jersey shore, beachgoers still plan to hit the beach for the Fourth of July weekend. A study by National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

New Jersey scores legal win in beach dune case

6-30-14
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — State prosecutors have scored a legal victory over a southern New Jersey couple that was seeking roughly $800,000 for an easement on their property that was needed to build a sand dune and beachfront protection project. ...

Officials clash over beach contamination warnings

6-30-14
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal and state officials are clashing over standards for warning the public about water contamination at the nation's beaches. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards grants to states in the Great Lakes region ...
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Great White Shark Numbers Have Increased

6-30-14
According to a new NOAA report, the number of great white sharks has been on the rise since the 1990s.

NJ man fined $21K for illegal dumping in park

6-29-14
LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A garbage run has proved to be costly for a southern New Jersey man. The state's Department of Environmental Protection has fined a Seaside Heights man more than $21,000 for illegally dumping eight garbage bags full of ...

Lawmakers send fracking waste ban to Christie

6-26-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers have passed a ban on storing in the state waste from natural gas drilling. After passage in the Assembly Thursday, the bill heads to Gov. Chris Christie. He previously vetoed a similar bill, saying it ...

Rules released to reduce whale entanglement

6-26-14
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal officials are releasing new regulations for commercial fishermen designed to reduce the number of whales caught in fishing gear off the Atlantic states. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the ...

Beach replenishment work completed in Monmouth

6-26-14
LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Work to widen Monmouth County beaches that were pounded by Superstorm Sandy has been completed. New Jersey and federal officials say the work wrapped up last week in Long Branch, completing a stretch of newly widened ...

No injuries reported in fire on Edgewater pier

6-25-14
EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Low tide hindered efforts to fight a fire on a pedestrian pier along the Hudson River in Edgewater. The fire broke out early Wednesday. The tide was too low for fire boats to get close to put water on the structure, so ...