• Racing registration

    Racing registration

    MOUNT DESERT — Northeast Harbor Fleet leaders are reminding cruising class members to sign up for or renew their PHRF rating certificates for 2019. The rating allows race officials to calculate adjusted times for races, and determine start times for pursuit races with multiple classes competing together. “Getting your certificate is a relatively painless, completely

  • Spirit of tradition

    LONDON, England — Classic Boat Magazine’s annual awards competition is underway, and a Maine-built Lyman-Morse design is the only U.S. built-boat nominated in the Spirit of Tradition category. The 65-foot sloop Anna is designed by Stephens Waring Yacht Design and built by Lyman-Morse in Thomaston. Online voting at awards.classicboat.co.uk continues through March 8.

  • Vehicle ban worries wormers

    Vehicle ban worries wormers

    AUGUSTA — The age-old conflict over access to Maine’s tidal flats got another airing last week during a public hearing on proposed legislation in the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee. Rep. Stanley Zeigler (D-Montville) filed a bill that would prohibit operation of a motor vehicle other than “authorized emergency vehicles” in the intertidal zone except to

  • Whales and license laws top lobster industry agenda

    Whales and license laws top lobster industry agenda

    ELLSWORTH — The blowy weather that made lobster fishing a hard chance recently might well have been a blessing in disguise. The wind and cold certainly have given shorebound Maine lobstermen a good chance to learn about the tempests engulfing their industry in the Legislature and the world of fisheries regulation. Already beset by limits

  • Coastal planning grant awarded

    Coastal planning grant awarded

    ELLSWORTH — A watershed management project for part of Frenchman Bay has been awarded a $36,908 grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Coastal Community grant program. The Eastern Bay Watershed Management Plan is a join project of the Hancock County Planning Commission and the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Scoping session for oyster farm

    Scoping session for oyster farm

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Lauren Gray, doing business as Cranberry Oysters, has scheduled a public scoping session on a potential application for a standard aquaculture lease. Doing business as Cranberry Oysters, Gray has been growing oysters for three years on eight 400-square-foot Limited Purpose Aquaculture (LPA) sites in The Pool, which is nearly surrounded by Great

  • Lobster processing coming to Bucksport

    Lobster processing coming to Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — This former mill town still has a ways to go, but two new projects could turn the inland river city into a mecca for seafood lovers. Portland-based Whole Oceans is immersed in developing a land-based recirculating aquaculture facility that will, it hopes, eventually produce more than 44 million pounds of Atlantic salmon on

  • Cut in herring quota bodes ill for lobster

    Cut in herring quota bodes ill for lobster

    ELLSWORTH – Imagine running a trucking business and having your supply of diesel fuel cut by 70 percent. For all practical purposes, that’s what happened to the Maine lobster industry last week. On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries arm announced that it was cutting the 2019 herring quota by about 70 percent.

  • Ames feted at celebration

    Ames feted at celebration

    STONINGTON  Sixteen years ago, Ted Ames, his wife, Robin Alden, Ted Hoskins and a handful of other members of a group called the Stonington Fisheries Alliance banded together to establish the Penobscot East Resource Center with an eye toward encouraging Maine fishermen to become active in the management of their fisheries. Last week, a dozen