• Scientists meeting in Portland say right whale on the way to extinction

    Scientists meeting in Portland say right whale on the way to extinction

    By Penelope Overton Portland Press Herald PORTLAND — The future continues to grow ever darker for the highly endangered right whale, a species that has been in decline every year since 2010 and is at the heart of regulatory protection efforts threatening to upend Maine’s valuable lobster fishery. The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium estimates

  • Gingerbread lighthouses

    Gingerbread lighthouses

    SEARSPORT — The Penobscot Marine Museum is holding a gingerbread lighthouse competition for the holiday season. The competition includes adult and child categories. Participants can enter a real or imagined lighthouse, but if the lighthouse is real and the museum has an image in its digital archives, the participant will receive a print of the

  • Keliher to lead ASMFC

    Keliher to lead ASMFC

    NEW CASTLE, N.H. — At its recent fall meeting, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission elected Patrick Keliher as its new chair. “It is both a great honor and huge responsibility to be trusted to lead the Commission for the next two years,” Keliher said. “While my obligation to the great State of Maine will

  • MLA unhappy with state’s whale protection plan

    MLA unhappy with state’s whale protection plan

    ELLSWORTH — Differences of opinion persist over how to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in fishing gear without decimating the Maine lobster industry. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) announced that it would not support a plan developed by the Maine Department of Marine Resources “because it seeks reductions that exceed the documented

  • Storms, bridge work complicate fall decommissioning at boatyards

    Storms, bridge work complicate fall decommissioning at boatyards

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The recent string of fall storms with high winds, and a detour around bridge work near the Southwest Harbor-Tremont town line, made life a little more difficult for the boatyards working to get customers’ yachts “put to bed” for the winter this year. “With a storm a week, it’s certainly challenging,” Will

  • Rules remain

    Rules remain

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — As has been the case since January 2003, an unlimited amount of recreational clam digging licenses will be available in the town for 2020. On Oct. 22, the Board of Selectmen approved the Shellfish Committee’s recommendation that the town keep the same licensing arrangement that’s been in place since the beginning of

  • Use of town docks discussed

    Use of town docks discussed

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Sparked by an Appeals Board decision to allow a charter fishing boat operator to continue disembarking passengers at one of the town docks, the town’s Harbor Committee is taking time this winter to review the language in the town’s Coastal Waters and Harbor Ordinance. John Dittmar is the owner of Acadia Fishing

  • New store

    KITTERY — Hamilton Marine pas announced plans to open its sixth marine store location in Kittery, Maine. The location is the former site of Jackson’s Hardware and Marine store, whose owners recently retired. “With 100-plus years of business in a location rich in history, we are inheriting a loyal customer base,” said Hamilton COO Andrew