• Elver quota set

    Elver quota set

    MYSTIC, Conn. — The Maine elver fishery will be working with a quota of 9,688 pounds for the 2015 season, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) announced following its annual meeting last week. The number is a slight reduction from the 2014 quota, but may be increased later in the winter through credit for

  • Clamming OK for fun, not sale

    Clamming OK for fun, not sale

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The clam population here has rebounded from dangerously low levels a decade ago, but not yet enough to support commercial harvesting. The board of selectmen Tuesday night approved the shellfish committee’s recommendation that the town issue an unlimited number of recreational licenses –for up to one peck of clams at a time

  • Food pantry help, fishing, houseboats on the warrant

    Food pantry help, fishing, houseboats on the warrant

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Voters here on Nov. 4 will decide whether to prohibit houseboats from mooring in the town’s coastal waters, allow fishing from town piers and authorize a donation of $1,000 from the town’s thrift shop at the transfer station to the Westside Food Pantry. At a public hearing on the warrant articles earlier

  • DMR chief visits MDI lobster dealer

    DMR chief visits MDI lobster dealer

    TREMONT — State officials with the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) visited Thurston’s Lobster Pound last Wednesday to catch up with owner Michael Radcliffe. DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher often seeks out lobster industry representatives to get their take on policy matters. Radcliffe sees many sides of the lobster industry as his business includes a private

  • Shrimp season may be short

    Shrimp season may be short

    PORTLAND — The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section will meet Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Portland to consider approval of the Public Information Document (PID) for Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Northern Shrimp for public comment. More important, at least in the short term, the section also will review

  • Pumpkin Race wraps up youth sailing

    Pumpkin Race wraps up youth sailing

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School sophomore sailors Connor Ratcliff and Lily Anderson earned the trophy for the final race of the season here. It’s a pumpkin with “#1” carved into it. The small intra-squad Pumpkin Race marks the end of the high school club sailing season at the MDI Community Sailing Center.

  • Salvage III salvaged on Sunday

    Salvage III salvaged on Sunday

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The barge that sank off Black Island south of Bass Harbor at the beginning of October was raised on Sunday and towed into Southwest Harbor. The self-propelled Acadia Fuel & Marine Co. barge Salvage III was on its way to deliver a deck load of bagged fish feed to the Cooke Aquaculture

  • Budding builders learn the craft

    TREMONT— School is over for the day, yet on this particular Thursday, a few students remain, not for sports practice, but to learn basic boatbuilding skills from a local wooden boat craftsman. Richard Stanley of Richard Stanley Custom Boats has volunteered to share his knowledge of boats and woodworking with four students participating in the

  • Committee appointments hit some rough water

    Committee appointments hit some rough water

    TREMONT — A former harbor committee member on Monday accused selectmen of loading the committee with fishermen instead of maintaining the balance of interests set out in the governing ordinance. Mike Ryan last month was denied reappointment to the committee. Instead, selectmen chose fisherman David Schlaefer, former harbormaster. Several harbor committee members questioned the decision