• Big turnout for Winter Harbor lobster boat races 

    Big turnout for Winter Harbor lobster boat races 

    WINTER HARBOR — When the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic became obvious last spring, several towns decided that 2020 was not the year to run lobster boat races.  Winter Harbor didn’t cancel its races, traditionally held on the second Saturday in August, and last weekend the Downeast community was rewarded for its gumption.  Blessed by near perfect weather, 88 boats

  • Menhaden board OKs new measure 

    Menhaden board OKs new measure 

    ARLINGTON, Va. – At the summer meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Atlantic Menhaden Management Board approved the use of ecological reference points (ERPs) in the management of Atlantic menhaden. By adopting ERPs, the board will be accounting for the species’ role as an important forage fish.  “The board took another important step in managing Atlantic

  • Online auction supports MCCF 

    STONINGTON — Through Sept. 1, the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries is hosting an online auction to support its work.  Auction items include a range of Maine experiences, nautical-themed art and photography, fresh seafood and more. “We’ll also have some exclusive wooden buoys to bid on from past years,” organizers said.  The nonprofit works to secure

  • Rascal and Pilar: two new boats, two different missions 

    Rascal and Pilar: two new boats, two different missions 

    SURRY — Just after lunchtime on Sunday, Captain Linda Greenlaw gave the word.  Lines freed from the dock at Perry’s Lobster Shack on Union River Bay, the brand new RV Pilar set out on the first leg of a journey that will ultimately take her through the Panama Canal to her home port of La Jolla, Calif., and, eventually to the waters of

  • Bigelow Lab head to speak 

    Bigelow Lab head to speak 

    BAR HARBOR — Deborah Bronk, oceanographer and the president and CEO of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, will participate in a Coffee & Conversation virtual event hosted by College of the Atlantic Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. Abby Barrows, a 2018 alum of the Masters in Philosophy program at COA, will join Bronk for the conversation. 

  • Grant supports Allied Whale 

    Grant supports Allied Whale 

    PORTLAND — Marine mammal stranding response programs, including College of the Atlantic’s Allied Whale, have been awarded federal grants to support their work.  Allied While will receive $99,981 from the Prescott Grant program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Allied Whale is the designated response agency for stranded marine mammals for the midcoast/Downeast region.  “The news of a beached whale, seal or sea lion

  • #EatMaineSeafood, industry groups say 

    #EatMaineSeafood, industry groups say 

    BRUNSWICK — The Maine Aquaculture Association (MAA) and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association (MCFA) are collaborating on an effort to encourage seafood businesses, industry organizations, restaurants and consumers to utilize the hashtag #EatMaineSeafood across social media platforms.  A hashtag is a word or phrase preceded by a hash sign (#), used on social media websites and applications

  • New boats and old make their marks in Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

    New boats and old make their marks in Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

    BROOKLIN — The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta fleet is always a mixture of old boats and new, with the common denominator being that all of them are of wooden construction.  While the 66-boat fleet for last Saturday’s race included plenty of elegant antiques — Desperate Lark, Bob Vaughn’s Herreshoff Bar Harbor 30 launched in 1903 was the oldest boat to cross the starting line — a boat

  • Sailing Leaderboard 

    Sailing Leaderboard 

    Northeast Harbor Fleet  IOD Class  July Series for the Rockefeller Trophy  The Henry Family consisting of John, Ryder and Jay sealed their victory for the first half of the sailing season in the first race of the day last Monday, July 27. By finishing their Gambler in third place behind Peter Ill in Silver Spray and Rick Echard in Firefly,

  • Right whales pose more problems for Maine lobster industry 

    Right whales pose more problems for Maine lobster industry 

    ELLSWORTH — Last month, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, violated federal environmental protection laws several years ago when a “biological opinion” it issued failed to give adequate consideration to the risk the lobster fishery posed to endangered right whales.  On Monday, the