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  • Environmental groups challenge Trump’s move for fishing in monument

    Environmental groups challenge Trump’s move for fishing in monument

    BAR HARBOR — Zack Klyver, a former Bar Harbor Whale Watch naturalist and co-founder of consulting firm Blue Planet Strategies, is part of a group suing President Donald Trump over his recent proclamation opening a national marine monument to commercial fishing.  Plaintiffs in the action,filed June 16 in federal district court, are Klyver, the Conservation Law Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council

  • Virtual zone meetings scheduled 

    Virtual zone meetings scheduled 

    ELLSWORTH — In three virtual regional zone council meetings set for this month, the state Department of Marine Resources will update lobstermen on the upcoming season and proposed regulations intended to protect endangered right whales.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings will be held online. Participants were asked to register in advance by June 15.  The

  • Maine-made research vessel headed for Georgia coastline

    Maine-made research vessel headed for Georgia coastline

    STONINGTON — Maine boatbuilders, many of them based in Hancock County, have a reputation for turning out quality vessels that extends far beyond New England. On Monday, another locally built boat headed for a distant port not on a truck but sailing on its own bottom.  Late last month, Surry-based Wesmac Custom Boats launched a 54-foot research vessel for the state of Georgia

  • Lobster boat races are a go in Bass Harbor 

    Lobster boat races are a go in Bass Harbor 

    TREMONT—They may look different in some respects this year, but there will still be lobster boats racing on the water Sunday, June 28, for the 10th Annual Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races.   What will not be part of the day are any festivities at the town dock, which includes food or prizes for winners of

  • ‘They are our frontline’: Ferries navigate public health concerns

    ‘They are our frontline’: Ferries navigate public health concerns

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Mask wearing is an issue most people feel strongly about one way or another. This is true almost everywhere, even on a small island community.  Cari Alley, the Cranberry Isles health officer, said she regularly fields complaints that not everyone wears a mask on ferries. “I am getting a ton of complaints,” she said. “People are very concerned.” 

  • Observers back on boats July 1 

    Observers back on boats July 1 

     GLOUCESTER, Mass. — NOAA Fisheries is extending the waiver granted to vessels with Greater Atlantic Region federal fishing permits to carry human observers or at-sea monitors through June 30. This action is authorized by a rule that provides the Greater Atlantic regional administrator authority to waive observer requirements, and is also consistent with the criteria described in the agency’s emergency rule on observer waivers during the COVID-19

  • Self-directed bicentennial tour 

    Self-directed bicentennial tour 

    BUCKSPORT— The newly formed Penobscot Maritime Heritage Association’s celebration of Maine’s 200th birthday has been postponed until July 2021. The tall ships, schooners, Navy vessels and UMaine’s 3-D printed boat that were originally scheduled to visit the Penobscot River this year to honor Maine’s rich maritime heritage are being rescheduled to take part in next summer’s festivities.  Meanwhile,

  • Fleet prepares to begin races 

    Fleet prepares to begin races 

    MOUNT DESERT — Racing at the Northeast Harbor Fleet is currently set to begin for the season in late June, with modifications intended to limit the spread of COVID-19.  The race committee has been at work on a protocol for racing this summer. In preparing the draft guidelines, Fleet officers used information from the CDC, US Sailing and insurance carriers.  “The

  • Hearings for aquaculture leases are still on hold: Mussel Bound lease approved

    Hearings for aquaculture leases are still on hold: Mussel Bound lease approved

    AUGUSTA — With the recent growth of the aquaculture industry in the state, the Department of Marine Resources had a backlog of aquaculture lease applications even before the pandemic put a hold on the public hearings that are required for most applications.  “The majority of the aquaculture program’s work is being conducted as usual, albeit remotely,” spokesperson Jeff

  • Town to offer junior clam licenses

    Town to offer junior clam licenses

    BAR HARBOR — In an effort to encourage a new generation of clammers, the town will begin issuing a new class of commercial shellfish licenses to harvesters under 18 years old.  The Marine Resources Committee, which manages the town’s shellfish in coordination with the state Department of Marine Resources, proposed the change and the Town Council approved