• Mussel farmer questions plan of competitor

    Mussel farmer questions plan of competitor

    TREMONT — The only objections voiced Monday at a Department of Marine Resources (DMR) hearing on a proposal to more than double the size of an aquaculture operation off Hardwood Island came from an owner of a nearby ocean-farming venture. Erick Swanson, who operates a 15-acre mussel farm with his two sons under the names

  • Brooklin yard launches 49-foot racing yacht

    Brooklin yard launches 49-foot racing yacht

    BROOKLIN — Like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, when yacht designer Jim Taylor and the crew at Brooklin Boat Yard (BBY) get together, they usually turn out a showstopper. Three years ago, the pair produced Dreadnought, a handsome 49-foot, Spirit of Tradition cruiser-racer. Last Tuesday, the yard launched Blackfish, a boat that Taylor describes as

  • Skippers to convene

    Skippers to convene

    ELLSWORTH — The Eastern Maine Young Skippers Program Final Assembly will be presented by the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries at The Grand on Thursday, May 25, at 5 p.m. The Young Skippers Program is an innovative, project-based program designed to engage and inspire prospective commercial fishermen and others interested in marine careers. The focus

  • Coral hearing

    Coral hearing

    ELLSWORTH — The New England Fishery Management Council is hosting a public hearing on its proposed deep-sea coral amendment, which would have an impact on lobstermen who fish near Schoodic Ridge and Mount Desert Rock. The hearing is set for Ellsworth High School on Thursday, May 25, at 5 p.m. The council is looking to implement

  • Limited-entry waiting list shortens

    Limited-entry waiting list shortens

    BAR HARBOR — Fishermen on the Zone B commercial lobster and crab license waiting list have been bumped up several slots following last year’s council decision to amend the exit ratio for its limited-entry system. The Lobster Zone B Management Council heard that good news last Tuesday during a regular council meeting. Council members last

  • Institute lands grant

    Institute lands grant

    ROCKLAND — The Island Institute announced Monday that it has received a $240,000 grant through the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to fund a collaborative project that focuses on disaster preparedness in Maine’s island and coastal communities and that addresses threats faced from environmental change and natural disasters

  • Pier repair bids awarded

    Pier repair bids awarded

    MOUNT DESERT — L.E. Norwood Masonry was awarded three contracts for repairs to piers in Northeast Harbor at the regular selectmen’s meeting Monday evening. Officials awarded the Bar Harbor firm a $9,400 contract for resurfacing of the concrete deck of the main pier. Harbormaster John Lemoine explained that previous attempts to patch holes in the

  • MDI to host Great Harbor invitational

    MDI to host Great Harbor invitational

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School sailing team will host the fourth annual Great Harbor Invitational Regatta at the Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center on Saturday, May 27, beginning at 9 a.m. The Trojans are defending champions after winning the Glenn Squires Trophy last year, earning 38 points after 14 races.

  • Penobscot Marine Museum to honor Stanley

    Penobscot Marine Museum to honor Stanley

    SEARSPORT — The Penobscot Marine Museum will host an afternoon of boat talk and music in celebration of the career and talents of Mount Desert Island boatbuilder Ralph Stanley, National Heritage Fellow and museum trustee, on Saturday, May 27. Stanley will be at the museum’s Searsport campus to celebrate from 1-5 p.m. The museum will

  • Alden honored as ‘Hero of the Seas’

    Alden honored as ‘Hero of the Seas’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Robin Alden, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries’ executive director, recently received the Hero of the Seas award at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Alden was recognized with the Peter Benchley Ocean Award for her career working at the grassroots, engaging fishermen’s knowledge and participation to build sustainable,