Waterfront

  • Whale death

    Whale death

    ELBERON, N.J.— NOAA Fisheries released preliminary results Monday from a necropsy performed on a dead North Atlantic right whale calf that was reported June 25 floating off New Jersey.  The male right whale calf “had evidence of at least two separate vessel collisions,” a statement on the NOAA Fisheries website reads.  “The whale had several

  • Sailing Leaderboard: Northeast Harbor Fleet Cruising Class

    Sailing Leaderboard: Northeast Harbor Fleet Cruising Class

    Mike Cook’s Lynnette was the winner of the first race of the season Sunday, with Ken Weg’s Ranger about three and a half minutes behind in corrected time. Tom Rolfes’ Sidewinder took third place and an honor for “most senior race boat.” The award for youngest and first “all family” race boat went to the Hopkins Family aboard Watermark.  Racers started from just outside of Northeast Harbor with

  • DMR weighs in on whale lawsuit

    DMR weighs in on whale lawsuit

    AUGUSTA — “Courts, as a general matter, ought to defer to an agency’s scientific or technical expertise.”  Quoting a 2005 court decision, Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey and colleagues made that argument in a brief filed last week on behalf of the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) in a lawsuit seeking to impose new limits on commercial lobster

  • Citizen science effort launched 

    Citizen science effort launched 

    PORTLAND —This week, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is announcing the public launch of an Ecosystem Investigation Network, climate-focused citizen science platform. Collaborative groups of citizens and scientists are invited to use the platform and resources to design and host investigations of climate-driven change in the Gulf of Maine and its watershed.  “We’re excited to

  • Bass Harbor races draw healthy fleet despite fog

    Bass Harbor races draw healthy fleet despite fog

    TREMONT — Like the proverbial postmen undeterred by rain, sleet or snow from delivering the mail, four dozen intrepid skippers found their way to Bass Harbor on Sunday for a morning of lobster boat racing despite dungeon–thick fog.  Some of the racers came no farther than from a mooring off the town wharf in Bernard, but there were boats

  • Mussel farm lease renewed 

    Mussel farm lease renewed 

    SORRENTO — Acadia Aqua Farms has been granted a 30-year renewal of a lease of a 32-acre site in Frenchman Bay north of Bean Island in the town of Sorrento for bottom culture of blue mussels.  The lease renewal was approved by Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher June 16. The company also holds four other leases,

  • Pew Charitable Trusts petition asks to close areas to lobster fishing

    Pew Charitable Trusts petition asks to close areas to lobster fishing

    ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources held its first “virtual” zone council meeting last Thursday andCommissioner Patrick Keliher had an unanticipated and unsettling piece of news for the Zone C and Zone D lobstermen.  Keliher told the roughly 70participants that on Thursday morning the Pew Charitable Trusts submitted a petition for rulemaking to U.S. Secretary ofCommerce Wilbur Ross askinghim to take immediate

  • Simulated MMA training cruise relies on testing help from JAX

    Simulated MMA training cruise relies on testing help from JAX

    CASTINE — A partnership with The Jackson Laboratory and Guilford-based Puritan Medical Products is making it possible for graduating Maine Maritime Academy seniors to participate in apier-side training exerciseaboard the school’straining ship State of Maine.  In May, the academy’s leaders announced the normal summer training cruises would have to be canceled. But that leftsome senior engineering and navigation students,who still needed

  • Lobster boat races Sunday

    Lobster boat races Sunday

    TREMONT — Although there won’t be a breakfast or barbecue on town property, the Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races are still on for Sunday, June 27. Those wanting to watch some lobster boats go fast need to be set up in their favorite viewing spot by 10 a.m.  According to the MaineLobster Boat Racing Association, the planned races in

  • Environmental groups challenge Trump’s move for fishing in monument

    Environmental groups challenge Trump’s move for fishing in monument

    BAR HARBOR — Zack Klyver, a former Bar Harbor Whale Watch naturalist and co-founder of consulting firm Blue Planet Strategies, is part of a group suing President Donald Trump over his recent proclamation opening a national marine monument to commercial fishing.  Plaintiffs in the action,filed June 16 in federal district court, are Klyver, the Conservation Law Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council