• EPA delays emissions rules

    ELLSWORTH —Maine’s beleaguered lobster fishermen got some rare good news last week, though it will benefit only a handful of them.  In a visit to Maine last Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a further delay in emissions control rules for large diesel engines to be installed in lobster boats. The delay also applies to

  • DMR will join effort to study white sharks

    BAR HARBOR — In late July, Maine experienced its first recorded fatal shark attack when a great white shark attacked a woman swimming close to shore in a cove on Bailey Island in Casco Bay.  Late last month, the Department of Marine Resources announced that it would be joining the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries in

  • Clam protection 

    Clam protection 

    FREEPORT — Clam landings have declined over the past 40 years, during the same time period when seawater temperatures in the Gulf of Maine have risen substantially. But spreading clam and oyster shells on the mudflats in an effort to counteract the effects of coastal acidification does not increase numbers of juvenile clams and quahogs, according to

  • Shark search 

    Shark search 

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Marine Resources is set to join the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) in a research effort that will provide information about the presence of great white sharks in Maine’s inshore waters.  The project will involve the placement of 20 passive acoustic receivers by Maine DMR

  • Sailing Leaderboard 

    Sailing Leaderboard 

    Northeast Harbor Fleet  August Cruise  This year’s cruise, held Saturday and Sunday, featured a morning pursuit race each day followed by a lunch break and then an afternoon corrected time race, with all types of boats together on one starting line.  On Saturday, a very light breeze forecast was fulfilled under exceptionally clear air with a bit of clouds to the south but blue skies

  • Federal judge gives NOAA time to craft new whale rules

    Federal judge gives NOAA time to craft new whale rules

    ELLSWORTH — A federal district court judge, in a decision issued on Aug. 19, gave the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) nine more months to craft new rules to protect endangered right whales from entanglement in lobster fishing gear.  Judge James E. Boasberg also denied a request by conservation organizations for an immediate ban on lobster

  • Restoration continues at Swan’s Island light station 

    Restoration continues at Swan’s Island light station 

    SWAN’S ISLAND — Fifteen years of work on restoration of the historic Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station on Swan’s Island is approaching completion. One of the final steps is being made possible by a grant to the town from the Belvedere Historical Preservation Fund (Downeast) of the Maine Community Foundation.   The Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station (sometimes referred

  • Local lobsterman in spotlight at RNC 

    Local lobsterman in spotlight at RNC 

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Many Americans were introduced to Swan’s Island, Maine, for the first time Tuesday night when fisherman Jason Joyce described it this way at the virtual Republican National Convention:  “I live on an island with 370 residents, and lobstering is how we provide for our families. Maine’s lobstermen are true environmentalists. We practice conservation every

  • European Union cancels tariffs on U.S. lobsters

    European Union cancels tariffs on U.S. lobsters

    ELLSWORTH — United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan announced last Friday an agreement on a package of tariff reductions that will increase market access for hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. and EU exports.  These tariff reductions are the first U.S.-EU negotiated reductions in duties in more than two decades.  Under the agreement, the EU will eliminate

  • Sea farmers to share insights 

    Sea farmers to share insights 

    STONINGTON — Several local aquaculturists will speak about their experiences in a webinar hosted by the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Friday, Aug. 28 at 12:30 p.m.  The panel includes Fiona de Koning of Hollander & de Koning Mussel Farm, Sarah Redmond of Spring Tide Seaweed, Evan Young of Blue Hill Bay Mussells and Marsden Brewer of PenBay Farmed Scallops.  They