• Clam committee license decision draws reprimand

    Clam committee license decision draws reprimand

    BAR HARBOR — The Marine Resources Committee here was informed it had breached state law by awarding commercial shellfish licenses to two resident clammers outside of the exclusive issuance period. At its Oct. 18 meeting, the committee decided to award licenses to clammers Josh Kane and Joshua Hodgkins. Neither fulfilled the town’s seven-hour conservation work

  • Museum makes historic fisheries photos accessible

    Museum makes historic fisheries photos accessible

    SEARSPORT — Researchers and others interested in maritime and fishing history have a powerful new tool at their disposal. The publishers of “National Fisherman” magazine donated the magazine’s entire predigital photographic archive to the Penobscot Marine Museum here. The museum is wrapping up a five-year project digitizing and cataloguing the archives. The whole collection is

  • Walsh invests in new tender boats

    Walsh invests in new tender boats

    BAR HARBOR — One of the two large hotel companies operating here has placed orders for boats specifically to tender cruise ship passengers ashore, company officials said. Eben Salvatore, director of operations here for Ocean Properties Ltd. (OPL), said that the 98-foot boats will carry 150 passengers. They were designed by Australian firm Incat Crowther

  • Elver license lottery opens

    Elver license lottery opens

    ELLSWORTH — For the first time in more than four years, a few new Maine residents will get a chance to participate in the elver fishery. On Nov. 15, the Department of Marine Resources opened a lottery for at least seven new licenses to be issued for the 2018 elver fishery. The season begins on

  • Scallop season to start

    Scallop season to start

    AUGUSTA —  Scallop season in the Frenchman Bay area begins Dec. 1 for divers and Dec. 4 for draggers. The Department of Marine Resources may close some areas early by emergency action to prevent overfishing once 30 percent of the harvestable biomass has been removed. Contact DMR scallop coordinator Melissa Smith at 624-6558 or [email protected]

  • Wharf repair grant

    TREMONT — The town has been awarded a $123,090 matching grant from the Maine Department of Transportation’s Small Harbor Improvement Program for making structural repairs at the Bernard Town Wharf. The grant must be matched equally with town funds. On Monday, Town Manager Dana Reed told selectmen that, even with an increase in wharf use

  • Acadia to take over lighthouse

    Acadia to take over lighthouse

    TREMONT — The scenic beauty of the Bass Harbor Head Light has been captured on an America the Beautiful quarter, an Acadia National Park centennial postage stamp and in thousands of professional and amateur photographs. Now, the keeper’s house at the iconic 159-year-old lighthouse could become a vacation rental under one use being considered by

  • Multi-use maritime facility supported

    Multi-use maritime facility supported

    BAR HARBOR — The former ferry terminal property would best serve the interests of the town if it were developed as a multi-use maritime facility rather than a berthing pier, an appointed town committee decided this week. The Town Council is set to decide Nov. 21 whether to purchase the property from the state and

  • New bills would OK Acadia boundary shifts

    New bills would OK Acadia boundary shifts

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minor adjustments to Acadia National Park’s boundary would be permitted under bills introduced last week in the U.S. House and Senate. The identical bills submitted by Maine Sen. Angus King and 2nd District Rep. Bruce Poliquin replace similar bills they introduced in January. The new version would still validate Acadia’s annexation of