• Coast Guard seizes drugs

    Coast Guard seizes drugs

    BOSTON — The United States Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returned to its homeport here on March 13 after a 74-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During their patrol, the crew interdicted four drug-laden vessels, resulting in the seizure of approximately 3,080 pounds of cocaine worth more than $92 million. They also apprehended 13

  • Hinckley touting pre-owned boats

    KEY LARGO, Fla. — Hinckley Yachts will introduce a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program starting this month, which will offer customers extended warranties and the assurance that their purchase has been factory maintained. “Many Hinckleys that reach the used boat market have not only been built by Hinckley, but they have been maintained throughout their life

  • Alternative to pier extension surfaces

    Alternative to pier extension surfaces

    CRANBERRY ISLES — A plan to extend the Islesford Town Dock by 42 feet at a cost of up to $672,000 was rejected at town meeting last week in large part because a possible alternative to improving safety at the pier has surfaced. Ownership of the granite remnants of an old pier directly in front

  • Industry rep sought for Bar Harbor cruise committee

    Industry rep sought for Bar Harbor cruise committee

    BAR HARBOR — The town’s Cruise Ship Committee now will have a seat for a “maritime industry representative” rather than a “fishing industry representative,” following unanimous approval of an ordinance change last week by the Town Council. “Over the years, it has been difficult to fill the fishing industry seat,” Town Manager Cornell Knight said.

  • Sunbeam V visits Fishermen’s Forum

    Sunbeam V visits Fishermen’s Forum

    ROCKPORT — Crew from Maine Seacoast Mission’s Sunbeam V visited the Fishermen’s Forum held at the Samoset Resort from March 2-4. Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman, Director of Island Health Sharon Daly, Captain Mike Johnson, engineer Storey King and steward Jillian were on hand to share with members of the fishing community the services

  • NOAA budget cuts opposed

    NOAA budget cuts opposed

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) have sent a bipartisan letter to the Trump administration urging reconsideration of proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that would disproportionately affect coastal states like Maine. Their letter was cosigned by four bipartisan senators, including U.S. Sen. Angus King

  • Wilbur launches 45-foot sport fisherman

    Wilbur launches 45-foot sport fisherman

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — In January, Wilbur Yachts launched one of its largest projects to date – the 45-foot Wilbur Millennium Marine Sportfish. The 12-passenger Family Ties was commissioned by Fish Whistle Sportfishing in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, for use as a charter fishing boat. The bones of the boat came to Wilbur in late

  • Elver dealer indicted

    Elver dealer indicted

    PORTLAND — Elver buyer William Sheldon of Woolwich faces a seven-count federal indictment on charges alleging he dealt in illegally harvested juvenile eels over a four-year period beginning in 2011. Sitting in Portland, a grand jury on March 1 charged Sheldon with one count of conspiracy, three counts of illegal trafficking in wildlife and three

  • Power to the marina

    Power to the marina

    MOUNT DESERT — The town will contract with MCM Electric of Mount Desert to upgrade the electric service at the Northeast Harbor Marina at a cost of $124,860. “This is so the big boats get the power they need so they will continue to visit us,” Harbormaster John Lemoine told the Board of Selectmen. The

  • Trump plan would kill Sea Grant program

    Trump plan would kill Sea Grant program

    ELLSWORTH — The Trump administration promised to bring jobs back to the United States, but planned budget cuts for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could kill at least 18 jobs in Maine. At the Maine Fishermen’s Forum last weekend, Paul Anderson, director of the Maine Sea Grant program, said the cut in NOAA funding