Maritime Shorts

Ice out 

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND—The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has reported that ice is officially out on Long Pond in Southwest Harbor and on Hamilton Pond in Bar Harbor.  

“Ice out” is defined as the point in the approaching spring season when you can navigate unimpeded (by ice) from one end of a water body to the other.  

The Department called ice out for Long Pond and Hamilton Pond on March 26. 

Last year ice out was almost a full week earlier, March 20 and 22 respectively.  

Ice out has not yet been called for Somes Pond or Round Pond.  


Sea Urchin Zone Council remote meetings

BAR HARBORThe Sea Urchin Zone Council will be holding two remote meetings this spring. Members of the public are welcome to attend. 

Meeting 1: April 8, 3 p.m. 

Meeting 2: April 29, 3 p.m. 

At the first meeting, DMR will provide updates on results from this season and the 2020 survey, as well as provide an opportunity for Council Members to discuss their experiences from the 2020/2021 season, the sea urchin resource and other relevant topics.  The focus of the second meeting will be setting the calendar for the 2021/2022 season.  

Both meetings will take place from 3-5 p.m. and will be held remotely using Microsoft Teams.  You may participate in the proceeding via telephone, smart phone or computer.  

Agendas, information on how to join each remote meeting and other relevant materials are available on DMR’s website at 

If you have any questions, call, text or email Erin Wilkinson at (207) 530-1001 or [email protected] 



Dive into Maritime Month  

CAMDEN — The Camden Public Library carries on its Maritime Month tradition in April by hosting online programs and featuring a month-long virtual gallery of vintage photographs.  

The gallery show is titled A Visual History of Camden Harbor, and will be complemented by a slide talk given by Ken Gross, director of the history center at the library, on Tuesday, April 6, at 6 p.m. To request a Zoom link to attend the presentation, email [email protected]. The gallery will be available to view on April 1 at 

From fishing to shipbuilding, from lime burning to anchor building, the harbor was an essential resource to the economics of Camden from colonial days to the present. Gross’s slide talk will employ the earliest charts available as well as photographs from the earliest days of photography.  

For information, visit 

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