• Float frustrations surface

    Float frustrations surface

    TREMONT — Unless the town and owners of F.W. Thurston Company can come to an agreement about float configuration, the town will be required to rearrange floats off the southern end of its Bernard wharf to match the 2004 configuration in order to qualify for state grant funds. While the conversation has gone on for

  • Shaw to discuss ocean conservation

    Shaw to discuss ocean conservation

    BAR HARBOR — David Shaw, the co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s High Seas Initiative, joins College of the Atlantic Marine Sciences Professor Sean Todd to discuss ocean conservation Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. in the Gates Center on the COA campus. “The high seas are the largely unregulated areas beyond national jurisdiction, which cover the

  • Long odds for winter shrimp fishery

    Long odds for winter shrimp fishery

    PORTLAND — Scientists gathered at a downtown hotel last week for a three-day “peer review” of the latest Northern Shrimp Benchmark Stock Assessment from by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The assessment evaluates the condition of the Gulf of Maine northern shrimp resource and provides regulators with the information they need to manage the

  • Stanley to speak

    SEARSPORT — On Saturday, Aug. 25, Southwest Harbor boatbuilder Ralph Stanley will present a talk from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. Stanley will show some of the half models he has carved and explain how he used them to build full size boats. The presentation is free with

  • Islesford’s new photo prop created by student

    Islesford’s new photo prop created by student

    CRANBERRY ISLES — Visitors to Little Cranberry can now picture themselves as a sternman, or the day’s catch itself, to remember a key thread of life on the Maine coast. Once people arrive on Little Cranberry (Islesford) by boat, most walk the gangway onto the mainland. There is a museum, a restaurant, a food wagon

  • Sailing scoreboard

    Northeast Harbor Fleet: Cruising Class Sailors were pumped for a fresh east wind forecast on Sunday for the final race of the MDI Series for the Cruising Class Championship for 2018. Six boats were ready to go with lots of excitement for a start off Spurling Point on Great Cranberry Island. Ranger jumped the start by

  • Dog days of August spawn slate of DMR regulations

    AUGUSTA — In the middle of August, with Maine’s lobstermen busy landing shedders and Maine’s lobster exporters worried about a trade war with China, the Department of Marine Resources last week published a fistful of new regulations. They cover topics ranging from the minimum size at which wild oysters may be harvested to tightening restrictions

  • Riverdale Mills founder dies

    Riverdale Mills founder dies

    ELLSWORTH — James Knott, the founder of Riverdale Mills Corp., died at his home in Witinsville, Mass., on Thursday, Aug. 16, according to several published reports. Knott is credited as the inventor of the plastic-coated-wire lobster trap that revolutionized Maine’s lobster fishery. He was 88. According to Riverdale, in 1980 Knott introduced the plastic-coated mesh

  • Falcon flies to victory in Retired Skippers Race

    Falcon flies to victory in Retired Skippers Race

    CASTINE — Early Saturday morning, it looked like the Maine Retired Skippers Race was going to be a washout. Thick fog made Penobscot Bay invisible from the Maine Maritime Academy waterfront to the crews of the dozen boats registered for the event who were gathered for the pre-race skippers’ meeting. The forecast also called for

  • Keeping a friendly border safe is serious business

    Keeping a friendly border safe is serious business

    EASTPORT — Even in this era of escalating tariffs and heated rhetoric, it’s hard to think of Canada as anything but a friendly neighbor. That’s especially true in Maine where, for generations, people have crossed the border freely, sometimes several times a day, to commute between home and work or to visit with family. Cross-border