• Vertical line survey

    Vertical line survey

    PORTLAND — Environmental consulting firm FBE Associates is surveying Maine lobstermen about vertical line configurations in their trap trawls. These are voluntary surveys about vertical line use in New England and the Gulf of Maine. The information provided by industry participants will generate a baseline of how vertical lines are currently used by region and

  • Gray Zone fishing conflict is ‘Lobster War’ film focus

    Gray Zone fishing conflict is ‘Lobster War’ film focus

    BAR HARBOR – Lobsterman Brian Cates of Cutler regularly fishes in the territory around Machias Seal Island that’s disputed territory between the U.S. and Canada. It’s known as the Gray Zone. For generations, it was mostly Maine fishermen who worked in the area. But, there also weren’t huge numbers of lobsters there. In recent years,

  • China’s tariffs have meant dealer layoffs

    China’s tariffs have meant dealer layoffs

    PORTLAND – Meeting at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina last weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China called a timeout on the escalating trade war that has had an serious impact on American famers and other industries that depend on exports to customers in China. Over the past few

  • Scallop season opens to positive early reports

    Scallop season opens to positive early reports

    BLUE HILL — The Downeast scallop season got underway this weekend and early reports are that the fleet was active, the fishing good and the price satisfactory. Divers got the first crack at scallops in Blue Hill Bay as their season opened on Saturday. Draggers had to wait until Monday to get out on the

  • Ferry terminal closing delayed

    Ferry terminal closing delayed

    BAR HARBOR — The town’s purchase of the ferry terminal property on Eden Street from the state was set to close Nov. 30. But that’s not going to happen. Governor Paul LePage is refusing to sign off on the closing documents without a change in the wording. The town’s attorney recommends against accepting the change.

  • Trap tag auction

    Trap tag auction

    ROCKLAND — The Maine Department of Marine Resources is accepting bids for lobster traps and miscellaneous buoys and line. 532 traps are for sale, in ten lots of 50 traps each and one lot of 23 traps. Traps are in a variety of conditions and most do not include buoys and lines. Bidding will take

  • A maritime Christmas

    SEARSPORT — The Penobscot Marine Museum presents a Victorian Christmas event Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8 from 4-7 p.m. The museum’s 19th-century sea captain’s house will be decorated for Christmas by local businesses and organizations. A gift shop will be open for holiday shopping, and there will be a family-friendly ornament craft. Admission

  • Oyster farm decision draws qualified support

    Oyster farm decision draws qualified support

    PENOBSCOT — The decision by the Department of Marine Resources to approve a lease for an oyster farm in the Bagaduce River has drawn a measure of support from two vocal opponents. Caren Plank and William McWeeny intervened in the DMR hearing and decision process as opponents to the application by Taunton Bay Oyster Co.

  • Fernald Cove clam change

    Fernald Cove clam change

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Clammers may now dig to their hearts’ content in Fernald Cove, after selectmen approved unlimited recreational licenses for clamming in the cove through the winter. The 28-acre area located between Fernald Point and Connor Point has been closed for clamming by the Department of Marine Resources from May through October until 2022.