Waterfront

  • Lulu lobster boat trips among world top tours

    Lulu lobster boat trips among world top tours

    BAR HARBOR — Cruise operators Princess Cruise Lines and Holland America Line have both listed the Lulu Lobster Boat ride among their top shore excursions for all worldwide ports of call this year, Captain John Nicolai said. He operates the two-hour tour and private charters from the Harborside docks from May through October. The shore

  • Lobster trap tag transfers explored

    Lobster trap tag transfers explored

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Maine Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher and Marine Patrol representatives are seeking approval this week for a regulatory change that would allow lobster trap tags to be re-used when replacing or re-rigging traps. The change requires an amendment to the American Lobster Fishery Management Plan, so it must be approved by the

  • Lobster biologist Carl Wilson now heads DMR science programs

    Lobster biologist Carl Wilson now heads DMR science programs

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Marine Resources has chosen Carl Wilson, formerly the department’s chief lobster biologist, to serve as director of the Bureau of Marine Science. Department scientist David Libby has served in an acting capacity in the position since the retirement of the bureau’s longtime director, Linda Mercer, last August. “Carl brings

  • Marine Patrol gets a new chief

    Marine Patrol gets a new chief

    HALLOWELL — Jon Cornish, a 30-year veteran of the Maine Marine Patrol, has taken over the top spot at the Department of Marine Resources’ law enforcement wing. Cornish was promoted to colonel during a change of command ceremony on Jan. 9. He relieved Joseph Fessenden, who retired after a 40-year career in the Marine Patrol,

  • MDI couple floats Thomas Bay oyster farm

    BAR HARBOR — If a new oyster farm proposed by Joanna Walls and Jesse Fogg is approved, restaurants on Mount Desert Island may be adding Bar Harbor oysters to their menus. On Jan. 20, the two Hadley Point residents hosted a “scoping session” to discuss their plan to apply to the Department of Marine Resources

  • Scallopers positive despite closures

    ELLSWORTH — Scallop harvesters and state officials were optimistic about the fishery when the Scallop Advisory Council met Jan. 22 at the Ellsworth City Hall. More than 20 fishermen and others gathered along with the nine-member council to hear the results of Department of Marine Resources sea scallop monitoring programs and discuss their experience so

  • Ships not source of bay pollution

    Ships not source of bay pollution

    BAR HARBOR — An entire season of water quality testing in Frenchman Bay has shown that cruise ships are not polluting local waters. The extensive testing, performed by Jane Disney’s Community Environmental Health Laboratory at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, found significantly elevated bacterial levels on just three occasions. Each instance was traced back to

  • Online license renewal is not one size fits all

    HALLOWELL — Some Maine lobstermen have been able to go online to renew their state licenses with the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) this year, officials said, but only those with straightforward renewals and no special circumstances. The online system has some limitations, DMR licensing supervisor Cathy Fetterman said, and they’re working on building a

  • Polluted mine becomes tool for biological research

    Polluted mine becomes tool for biological research

    BROOKSVILLE — The former Callahan Mine site is providing research opportunities for scientists even as it undergoes cleanup per its designation by the Environmental Protection Agency as a Superfund site. A team of scientists including Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) staff scientist Ben King is studying how organisms can adapt to changing environments, and