• Fishermen’s Forum now in 42nd year

    Fishermen’s Forum now in 42nd year

    ROCKPORT — The 42nd annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum kicks off on Thursday, March 2, at the Samoset Resort. More than 30 free seminars over three days will touch on topics affecting the state’s fisheries. Shellfish Focus Day takes place on day one with seminars ranging in subject from biology, to policy and legislation, shellfish management

  • Kramp electronics: Touch screens overtake marine electronics

    Kramp electronics: Touch screens overtake marine electronics

    TREMONT — A brand new, state-of-the-art smartphone doesn’t last more than six months before a better, faster, cooler one comes on the market to take its place. So it goes in the marine technology industry, where fresh innovations are rolled out frequently. Robert Kramp, owner of Kramp Electronics in Seal Cove, said advancements in marine

  • Lobster council

    Lobster council

    AUGUSTA — The next Lobster Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for Room 118 of the Department of Marine Resources’ Marquardt Building on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. The meeting is being held at the request of the council in order to review and/or take a position on bills in the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee

  • Coast Guard operates in hazardous environment

    Coast Guard operates in hazardous environment

    By Nicole J. Groll Editor’s Note: Throughout the year, the Coast Guard sends its men and women out to assist mariners in hazardous situations. Some of that assistance comes by air. BOURNE, Mass. — Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. At Air Station Cape Cod, aviation maintenance

  • Ventless trap study

    AUGUSTA — The Department of Marine Resources, in cooperation with the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, seeks three industry participants for the Regional Ventless Trap Program through a competitive bid process. This is an opportunity to participate in a cooperative research project between industry and scientists from Maine through New York. Three of nine legs

  • FCC radio license: Help with federal paperwork offered

    FCC radio license: Help with federal paperwork offered

    BAR HARBOR — Those who have chosen the fisherman’s life do not work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., clock in and out at lunchtime or comply with company dress codes. Rather, they have chosen the ocean as their workplace and a captain’s seat as their office chair. However, keeping up with ever-changing state and

  • Harvesters wary of bill change

    Harvesters wary of bill change

    GOULDSBORO — Marine worm diggers are happy that Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) and Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) have filed legislation to preserve the “traditional” harvesting of marine organisms from the intertidal zone mudflats. But they are worried that the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission, and the park’s administration, could derail the effort. Last week, commission

  • Marine worm, elver hearing is postponed

    AUGUSTA — The Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee is set to hold a public hearing on a controversial bill that could significantly alter two Maine fisheries. The hearing was originally scheduled for Monday, Feb. 13, but due to the snowstorm it has been postponed. An exact date and time should be posted later this week. Rep.

  • Scallop workshop

    Scallop workshop

    PORTLAND — The 2017 International Pectinid Workshop will be held from April 19-25 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. A special one day fishing industry forum is being held on Friday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This session includes a trade show, happy hour and several guest speakers. The

  • Shellfish bill gets the hook

    Shellfish bill gets the hook

    AUGUSTA — A proposed bill amendment to eliminate municipal shellfish ordinances was quickly shelved after facing strong opposition from the state’s harvesters and municipal shellfish councils. Rep. Abden Simmons (R-Waldoboro) drafted an amendment that would prohibit a municipal council from adopting a shellfish conservation program. It also would have allowed for all commercial license holders