• Rule would change how aquaculture harvests are reported

    Rule would change how aquaculture harvests are reported

    ELLSWORTH — A public hearing is planned for Jan. 15 on a Department of Marine Resources proposed rule that would create a trip-level monthly reporting requirement for persons holding an aquaculture license and growing any species other than finfish on an aquaculture lease or license site. The hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Ellsworth

  • Lobster advisory council to meet

    AUGUSTA — The next Lobster Advisory Council (LAC) meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Department of Marine Resources, Marquardt Building, Room 118 located at 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. The agenda includes discussion of Maine’s whale proposal and a vote on the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) Board Nominations.

  • A sailor’s letter to his younger self

    A sailor’s letter to his younger self

    By R. J. Rubadeau, Special to the Islander Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Rubadeau’s forthcoming book, “Bound for Cape Horn: Skills for Expedition Cruising” due out in summer 2020. It’s in the form of a letter from the veteran sailor to a younger version of himself, the night before his first offshore voyage.

  • Cranberry Oysters lease approved

      CRANBERRY ISLES –The Department of Marine Resources has approved a 20-year aquaculture lease for a five-acre oyster farm located in The Pool on Great Cranberry Island for island residents Lauren and Joshua Gray. Unlike many such ventures the Grays’ plans drew virtually no adverse comment or formal opposition. The leasing process also advanced with

  • Full speed ahead for marine tech

    Full speed ahead for marine tech

    BAR HARBOR — When Ivan Andros of Lamoine found an old fiberglass boat on the side of the road marked “Free,” he knew just what to do with it. Andros picked the boat up and brought it in to school, where he and other students patched the cracks with fiberglass. The students are now working

  • Pro-, anti-aquaculture groups spar online

    ELLSWORTH — Social media is playing a role in a public relations battle between Maine’s most traditional fishery and the state’s growing aquaculture industry. In recent months, a group called “Protect Maine’s Fishing Heritage” has been active on Facebook, Instagram and other social media. The group identifies itself as an “organization of lobstermen, fishermen, and

  • Schooner torn from shore in storm

    Schooner torn from shore in storm

    By Rob Wolfe and Joe Lawlor, Portland Press Herald KENNEBUNK — The weekend storm ripped the Spirit of Massachusetts floating restaurant off its moorings, sending it to the banks of the Kennebunk River, where it became stuck on the rocks. The storm brought record rainfall on Saturday, including 3.37 inches at the Portland International Jetport,

  • Wharf bids rejected

    Wharf bids rejected

    TREMONT — A bid from Charles Bradley Construction to rebuild part of the town wharf in Bernard was rejected by the state on what Town Manager Chris Saunders called a technicality. Harbormaster Justin Seavey applied earlier this year for a state Small Harbors Improvement Program (SHIP) grant to upgrade a portion of the wharf. That

  • Scallop season is underway

    Scallop season is underway

    ELLSWORTH — The scallop fishing season got underway in eastern Maine earlier this month and is already making news. In the waters between eastern Penobscot Bay and Cobscook Bay, the season for the handful of licensed scallop divers began Nov. 18 but the draggers couldn’t go to work until Dec. 2. In Cobscook Bay, the

  • Boatbuilders explore local history in skiff project

    Boatbuilders explore local history in skiff project

    CRANBERRY ISLES — The weather this season has been a bit rough on Islesford, with many days the ferry couldn’t run and some power outages in fall and early winter storms. But islanders make the best of things, and this year one of the community’s winter comforts is seeing smoke rising for the first time