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  • DMR research priorities

    DMR research priorities

    ELLSWORTH — In the coming weeks, the Maine Department of Marine Resources’ Bureau of Marine Sciences will host research prioritization meetings for scallops, urchins, river herring, eel, halibut and Atlantic herring. The scallop and urchin meetings are set for April 24 at Ellsworth City Hall, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. The four other

  • Councilors bump docking fees

    Councilors bump docking fees

    BAR HARBOR — The fees charged to small cruise ships docking at town floats will go up 1.7 percent effective July 1, following a unanimous Town Council vote Tuesday. Town Manager Cornell Knight said the bump from $1,000 to $1,017 will raise about $330 per year. The council also asked the Cruise Ship Committee to

  • New ferry fares set: ‘Flat rates’ start May 21

    New ferry fares set: ‘Flat rates’ start May 21

    ROCKLAND — A simplified, flat rate fare structure for all of the Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) routes, including between Bass Harbor and Swans Island and Frenchboro, was announced Tuesday by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT). The new rates will go into effect May 21. The changes mean that some passengers on some routes

  • Lobster zone council

    Lobster zone council

    BAR HARBOR — The local lobster management council is set to meet in the Mount Desert Island High School library on Wednesday, April 25, at 6 p.m. Fishermen on the Maine Department of Marine Resources Lobster Management Zone Council are elected by the lobstermen in Zone B, which includes waters around Mount Desert Island, Swans

  • Elver season over for tribal harvesters

    Elver season over for tribal harvesters

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine elver fishing season runs from March 22 to June 7 each year, but not for everybody. The elver harvest is limited by an overall annual quota allocated among state-licensed harvesters and Maine’s four federally recognized Indian tribes, including the Passamaquoddy. On Sunday, the Department of Marine Resources announced that the elver

  • New Water Street shop is in the market for elvers

    New Water Street shop is in the market for elvers

    ELLSWORTH — The elver fishing season is about four weeks old. It began March 22, but the tiny, valuable juvenile eels are in no hurry to start swimming up Downeast brooks and rivers. As of last Monday, the Department of Marine Resources reported that licensed dealers had purchased a total of just over 1,150 pounds

  • Shellfish closure a matter of caution, DMR says

    Shellfish closure a matter of caution, DMR says

    DEER ISLE — Last Thursday, the Department of Marine Resources imposed a ban on harvesting shellfish from an aquaculture lease site off Deer Isle. On Friday, Kohl Kanwit, director of the DMR’s Bureau of Public Health, explained that the harvest closure was a precautionary measure in response to a common practice in shellfish farming. The

  • New dinghy replaces a ‘hulking dinosaur’

    New dinghy replaces a ‘hulking dinosaur’

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Great Cranberry lobsterman Scott Bracy had an old dinghy that had been patched and repaired so many times that Cranberry Island Boatyard owner Sam Donald described it as a “hulking dinosaur that weighed a million pounds.” But it was sound and reliable. Then it broke off its painter during a storm last

  • Better data needed on lobster gear, right whales

    Better data needed on lobster gear, right whales

    BOOTHBAY HARBOR — The Maine Department of Marine Resources has been awarded a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to improve the data used to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. The $714,245 grant is funded through the Section 6 Species Recovery Grants to States Program administered by NOAA. The three-year project, which

  • New Hinckley outboards may go overboard

    TRENTON — For the boating enthusiast who has everything, how about putting a Cadillac in a Hinckley? Or, rather, two Cadillac-based outboard motors on the transom of a cutting edge powerboat that gives new meaning to the term. Last month, Hinckley introduced a pair of brand new 42-footers at the Palm Beach Boat Show, each