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  • Coastal study group idea sent back ashore 

    Coastal study group idea sent back ashore 

    A resolution that would have created a 25-member study group to research how best to balance new coastal development with environmental conservation was shot down by a legislative committee last week after concerns over the resolve’s vague language and strong objections from the aquaculture industry. 

  • Years of tight herring quotas have lobstermen using new baits

    Years of tight herring quotas have lobstermen using new baits

    For decades, lobstermen have filled their bait bags with Atlantic herring, the small fish that plays a tremendous role in the food chain and is the preferred bait of Maine’s biggest fishery.  “We’ve trained and raised our lobsters on it,” said James Hanscom, a Bar Harbor-based lobstermen who also sells bait. “It’s definitely the bait of choice.” But as quotas for Atlantic herring have tightened over the years, lobstermen and bait dealers have been forced to look elsewhere for other baits to lure in lobsters.  

  • Video shows rare right whale “belly to belly” footage

    Video shows rare right whale “belly to belly” footage

    Scientists unveiled rare footage of North Atlantic right whales coming “belly to belly” with each other last week (May 7).  During a joint research trip in Cape Cod Bay, photographer Brian Skerry and scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and New England Aquarium witnessed a group of the endangered whales “hugging with their flippers,” possibly showing affection and attempting to mate. 

  • Maritime Shorts

    Maritime Shorts

    The price for elvers has rebounded after it was down to about half of its peak before the pandemic.  The price per pound for Maine’s small eels has gone up to $1,740 a pound from about $1,000 at the start of the season earlier this spring.   

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