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  • Search ongoing for four Maine-based fishermen

    Search ongoing for four Maine-based fishermen

    BOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for four Maine-based fishermen approximately 20 miles northeast of Provincetown, Mass. Watchstanders at First District Coast Guard Command Center, in Boston, received notification at 1 a.m., Nov. 16, from the 82-foot fishing vessel Emmy Rose’s emergency position indicating radio beacon. The vessel owner reported there were four people

  • Shellfish warden needed for ordinance

    Shellfish warden needed for ordinance

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Without a shellfish warden here, there would be no way to prevent commercial clam diggers from working the town’s flats.  As Harbormaster Adam Thurston prepares to leave that position for one as deputy harbormaster in Mount Desert, town officials are figuring out how to make sure there is no, or minimal, lapse in warden

  • Maritime Shorts

    Maritime Shorts

    Climate change program  ELLSWORTH — On Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) will host an online educational event titled “Climate Change, Reaction and Action.” This event is open to the public and will feature a panel of speakers who will share their knowledge about three interconnected topics: the climate change crisis as it stands now,

  • COA student scientists get real world experience in Deer Isle 

    COA student scientists get real world experience in Deer Isle 

    BAR HARBOR — On a recent sunny morning in late October, before fall winds swept the rest of the leaves from the trees, several students at College of the Atlantic gathered on the lawn of the college for an unusual task: the necropsy of an Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus) that was brought ashore in Deer Isle. Metal

  • NOAA awards $850,000 for tracking, reporting lobster harvests 

    NOAA awards $850,000 for tracking, reporting lobster harvests 

    ELLSWORTH — Grant funds continue to flow into the Maine commercial lobster fishery on the heels of $2 million research grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative announced in September. NOAA is also behind these awards directed at monitoring the fishery:  A grant of$250,000 to further test and develop vessel monitoring systems for lobster vessels. According

  • Ferry service being reviewed by DOT

    Ferry service being reviewed by DOT

    TREMONT— Friday trips to Frenchboro on the R.L. Gott have been a constant part of Eli Strauss’s life for at least the last two decades, as well as for the year-round residents of that island. “I’ve been doing this since I’ve owned the business,” said Strauss, who captains the ferry boat that runs from April

  • ‘Angling in a Warming World’ Nov. 18

    ‘Angling in a Warming World’ Nov. 18

    BAR HARBOR — Downeast Trout Unlimited will present an online talk by Lindsey Rustad, “Angling in a Warming World: Impacts of a Changing Climate on Forests, Fisheries and Angling in Northern New England,” on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5:45 p.m.  Rustad’s presentation will be preceded by a business meeting at 5:30 p.m. The program will be followed by an update on the status of

  • Maritime Shorts

    Maritime Shorts

    Algae blooms monitored  FRENCHMAN BAY — The Bureau of Public Health is closely monitoring Pseudo-nitzschia (toxic algae) blooms in the Frenchman Bay and Harpswell regions. The algae cell counts in water samples are relatively high, but the toxin in shellfish samples has so far remained below closure limits. However, because of the ability for this toxin to accumulate in

  • Maine’s scallop fishery poised to open

    Maine’s scallop fishery poised to open

    BAR HARBOR — Hancock County residents can look forward to feasting on freshly harvested sea scallops when the 2020-21 scallop fishing season kicks off in coming weeks. Maine’s scallop fishery landed 415,818 pounds of scallop meats worth $4.359 million in 2019, making it the state’s 10th most lucrative seafood.  On Nov. 5, the Maine Department of

  • Zone B proposes environmental equivalent to state proposal

    Zone B proposes environmental equivalent to state proposal

    BAR HARBOR — After waiting a month to discuss possible alternatives, members of the Zone B Lobster Management Council last week agreed to present to the state a proposal for regulations aimed at protecting the endangered North Atlantic right whale.   The Department of Marine Resources had asked the zone council and others around the state to come up