• Clamming in Lunt’s Harbor restricted

    Clamming in Lunt’s Harbor restricted

    FRENCHBORO — The Maine Department of Marine Resources placed a restriction on shellfish harvesting in the area of Lunt’s Harbor Aug. 16 after the state’s Department of Environmental Protection identified a source of pollution. Water tests conducted by the DMR did not show levels high enough to initiate a closure, but that doesn’t matter. “They

  • Goose Cove restriction lifted

    Goose Cove restriction lifted

    TREMONT — Goose Cove has reopened to clamming following an Aug. 10 decision from the Department of Marine Resources (DMR). This area of the Tremont shoreline was closed in March 2016 based on data from the end of 2015. The restriction was lifted because water quality tests met the approved standards. Nothing was identified in

  • Fisherman’s Co-op celebrates 40 years

    Fisherman’s Co-op celebrates 40 years

    CRANBERRY ISLES — In 1978, Bruce Fernald and Dave Thomas went to consult with an attorney about starting a fishermen’s cooperative and left the attorney’s office with a contract. “We had a purchase and sale agreement and away we went,” said Thomas. They were purchasing an existing lobster buying business, one that had been operated

  • Cruise ship ban to go to voters

    Cruise ship ban to go to voters

    TREMONT — A proposed zoning ordinance banning cruise ship activity is expected to go before voters at the end of October. A 180-day moratorium on new cruise ship activities was approved by voters last November and expired in February. Selectmen, as is their right from the vote, extended that 180-day moratorium through this season. The

  • SWH Fleet honors Homer

    SWH Fleet honors Homer

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The annual meeting of the Southwest Harbor Fleet, held Aug. 28 at the Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center, was dedicated to Steve Homer. Homer has served on the Fleet’s board of directors for many years, most recently as treasurer, and is now stepping down. He received a standing ovation after delivering

  • September means bigger cruise ships in Bar Harbor

    September means bigger cruise ships in Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — Cruise ships continue to arrive at a steady clip through the fall. Larger ships visit in the fall, when the town’s daily passenger cap goes up to 5,500 passengers per day. In the summer, when more land-based visitors are in town, the cap is 3,500. Three ships will be on their “maiden

  • Sailing scoreboard

    Sailing scoreboard

    Southwest Harbor Fleet Luders August Series Mount Desert Island High School senior Alec Fisichella, sailing Art Paine’s Ludicrous, won the last two of the seven races in the August series. He finished the series in second place overall and just one point ahead of recent MDI alum Connor Ratcliff in Surprise. But the youngsters couldn’t

  • Buoy bell thieves range along Maine coast

    Buoy bell thieves range along Maine coast

    ELLSWORTH — From the days when sailing vessels were the primary means of transportation along the Maine coast, mariners have relied on the clang and bang of bell and gong buoys to warn them away from offshore dangers that can sink a vessel that strays from safe waters. Over the past several months, though, nine

  • Sea level rise talk planned

    Sea level rise talk planned

    MOUNT DESERT — A Climate to Thrive presents an interactive presentation by Gayle Bowness of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Northeast Harbor Library to explore the data behind sea level rise. Together the group will look at maps of MDI that model projected