• Elver quota 

    Elver quota 

    AUGUSTA — Quota allocations for the 2020 elver season, and the method of calculating those allocations, are established under rulemaking adopted March 15.  2020 allocations for individuals who held a license in 2019 are the same as their 2019 allocations, plus any quota associated with licenses not renewed in 2019, or licenses suspended for the

  • Keliher advises caution,  communication 

    Keliher advises caution,  communication 

    AUGUSTA — Patrick Keliher, the state Commissioner of Marine Resources, said in a letter to the lobster industry Monday afternoon that he does not have “any immediate plans to close any commercial fishery in response to the coronavirus.”  He advises fishermen and dealers to “actively communicate with each other about the realities of the market” and “refrain from

  • MMA suspends campus classes

    MMA suspends campus classes

    CASTINE — On Thursday, March 12, Maine officials announced the state’s first presumptive case of COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus. By 11 a.m. Monday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of eight confirmed cases and nine presumed positive cases of COVID-19.  Late Thursday, Maine Maritime Academy announced comprehensive, but flexible plans

  • DMR postpones elver fishing season

    DMR postpones elver fishing season

    ELLSWORTH – The Maine elver fishing season, slated to open at noon on Sunday, is on an indefinite hold in an effort to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. On Thursday night, Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced he had made the “difficult decision” to close Maine’s coastal waters to “fishing for

  • Oyster hearing

    Oyster hearing

    BAR HARBOR — A public hearing is set for Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the Town Council chambers on a pending aquaculture lease of 3.36 acres in Western Bay. Matt Gerald of Western Bay Oyster Co. is applying for a longer-term aquaculture lease of the site, which he is already using for bottom

  • Community sailing

    Community sailing

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Registration is now open for summer programs at the Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center. Youth programs for children ages six and up include An Introduction to Sailing I and II; Turbo 420 sailing, which focuses on crew teamwork and an introduction to racing; basic and intermediate Bullseye dinghy classes; Optimist racing

  • Maine fishermen enjoy a bonanza year

    Maine fishermen enjoy a bonanza year

    ROCKPORT — Maine lobstermen spent much of 2019 crying into their beer over a poor catch but by the end of the year, if they were crying at all, it was into a glass of Champagne. According to the Department of Marine Resources, last year Maine’s lobster harvesters landed 100,725,013 pounds of the iconic crustacean,

  • Whales injured

    Whales injured

    BOSTON — Researchers conducting an aerial survey south of Nantucket last week spotted a reproductive female right whale known as Dragon entangled in fishing gear and in very poor condition. Researchers with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were conducting the aerial survey on Feb. 24 when they