• Tight supply boosts lobster prices

    Tight supply boosts lobster prices

    ELLSWORTH — Wondering why lobster is $11.99 a pound or more at the supermarket? The answer may be the cold, and the heat. After a winter that wouldn’t, or hasn’t, let go, the supply of lobsters is tight. As of early this week, the boat price for the few lobsters crossing the docks was in

  • Alden gets Innovator Award

    STONINGTON — Robin Alden is the recipient of the 2015 Innovator Award as part of the first Source Maine Sustainability Awards. The awards were presented at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester on April 9. The award is one of seven given to Maine leaders, organizations and businesses. “Alden has made it her life’s work to

  • Trojan sailors gear up for O’Days

    Trojan sailors gear up for O’Days

    PORTLAND — The Mount Desert Island High School sailing team varsity and JV squads got their first look at Portland Harbor for the season at SailMaine regattas this weekend. “It was a fantastic sailing weekend. We had great weather and nice wind for both days,” Coach George Deans said. Saturday was the Cape Jamboree JV

  • Collins and King announce Sea Grant support

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced last week that the Maine Sea Grant Program at the University of Maine will receive $798,312 in grant funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support its research, education and outreach efforts done on behalf of Maine’s coastal communities. “Maine’s coastal

  • Lobster, scallop licenses revoked

    Lobster, scallop licenses revoked

    HALLOWELL — Lobsterman and scalloper Lucas Lemoine, skipper of Foxy Lady charged earlier this year with multiple violations of marine resources laws, has had all of his commercial fishing licenses permanently revoked as a result of a history of violations that goes back almost two decades. This is the first time a commercial fishing license

  • Elvers are off to a slow start

    Elvers are off to a slow start

    BAR HARBOR — The late ice-out on many waterways has some fishermen here wondering whether glass eels, or elvers, will run this year before the season ends on May 31. When the larval eels ride ocean currents back to the Americas from the spawning ground in the Sargasso Sea, they tend to arrive all at

  • Future of shrimp in Maine debated

    Future of shrimp in Maine debated

    PORTLAND — The future of the Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery was up for debate last week when some 40 industry members, most of them fishermen, gathered at the Casco Bay Ferry terminal April 6 to discuss proposals from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to make significant changes to the way it manages the

  • Whales rule

    HALLOWELL — No industry representatives were present at a Department of Marine Resources hearing last week on implementing the new vertical line rules for lobster gear, resource coordinator Sarah Cotnoir said. The rule changes bring Maine regulations into line with requirements from the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, aimed at reducing whale entanglements with

  • Strong start for Trojan sailors

    Strong start for Trojan sailors

    MARBLEHEAD, Mass. — The Mount Desert Island High School and George Stevens Academy sailing teams were the guests of Marblehead High School for a two-day regatta at Pleon Yacht Club this weekend. In Saturday’s round-robin team racing competition, Marblehead swept both Maine teams 2-0. MDI edged out GSA 2-1 to finish second on the day.

  • Harbormaster search launched

    TREMONT — Selectmen on Monday modified the job description for harbormaster, a step they decided to take before advertising to fill the vacant position. Greg Dow, who became harbormaster in June 2013, abruptly resigned at the end of March, reportedly to take a job with a marine contractor. The issues town officials had with the