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  • ‘Angling in a Warming World’ Nov. 18

    ‘Angling in a Warming World’ Nov. 18

    BAR HARBOR — Downeast Trout Unlimited will present an online talk by Lindsey Rustad, “Angling in a Warming World: Impacts of a Changing Climate on Forests, Fisheries and Angling in Northern New England,” on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5:45 p.m.  Rustad’s presentation will be preceded by a business meeting at 5:30 p.m. The program will be followed by an update on the status of

  • Maritime Shorts

    Maritime Shorts

    Algae blooms monitored  FRENCHMAN BAY — The Bureau of Public Health is closely monitoring Pseudo-nitzschia (toxic algae) blooms in the Frenchman Bay and Harpswell regions. The algae cell counts in water samples are relatively high, but the toxin in shellfish samples has so far remained below closure limits. However, because of the ability for this toxin to accumulate in

  • Maine’s scallop fishery poised to open

    Maine’s scallop fishery poised to open

    BAR HARBOR — Hancock County residents can look forward to feasting on freshly harvested sea scallops when the 2020-21 scallop fishing season kicks off in coming weeks. Maine’s scallop fishery landed 415,818 pounds of scallop meats worth $4.359 million in 2019, making it the state’s 10th most lucrative seafood.  On Nov. 5, the Maine Department of

  • Zone B proposes environmental equivalent to state proposal

    Zone B proposes environmental equivalent to state proposal

    BAR HARBOR — After waiting a month to discuss possible alternatives, members of the Zone B Lobster Management Council last week agreed to present to the state a proposal for regulations aimed at protecting the endangered North Atlantic right whale.   The Department of Marine Resources had asked the zone council and others around the state to come up

  • 2020 scallop license lotteries extended to Nov. 6

    2020 scallop license lotteries extended to Nov. 6

    AUGUSTA — Due to a concern that the opening of the 2020 scallop license lotteries may not have been as widely communicated as intended, the Maine Department of Marine Resources is extending the application period until Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. There are two separate lotteries, one for scallop drag licenses and one for scallop

  • Maritime Shorts

    Maritime Shorts

    2021 Fishermen’s Forum canceled   BAR HARBOR — The Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport originally scheduled for March 2021 has been canceled due to the pandemic.   Steve Train, president of the forum’s board of directors, made the announcement Oct. 21, citing “reluctance and deep regret.”  “There is no possible way that we can protect our Forum participants in

  • Cease-and-desist order sought 

    Cease-and-desist order sought 

    ELLSWORTH — In a long-running effort to make Black Bear Hydro address fish kills attributed to the energy company’s Union River dam operation, Downeast Salmon Federation has requested that the Department of Environmental Protection issue an immediate cease-and-desist order on turbine operations during the seasonal alewife migration.  The Oct. 15 request cites multiple observations of juvenile alewives being

  • Long-running plankton survey to resume this winter

    Long-running plankton survey to resume this winter

    BAR HARBOR — Scientists this winter will revive a long-running survey of plankton in the Gulf of Maine. Plankton, drifting microscopic sea organisms, are food for endangered North American right whales and other marine species.  The Gulf of Maine plankton survey was originally performed from 1961–2017. It is returning under a new agreement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science

  • Maritime Shorts

    Maritime Shorts

    Lobster research series  ORONO —  Join Maine Sea Grant, the Maine Department of Marine Resources and the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute for a series of webinars focusing on collaborative research efforts in the lobster industry. Participants will discuss what works and what doesn’t and strategize on how to make collaborative research a priority.   Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.: A Retrospective

  • Zone B waits to present recommendation

    Zone B waits to present recommendation

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Even though a deadline to present a state plan designed to minimize potential harm to right whales is fast approaching, members of the Zone B Lobster Management Council asked Department of Marine Resources officials to check numbers for the area 6-12 miles offshore before agreeing to a plan specific to that fishing zone.  “The