Waterfront

  • Sailing center fundraiser dinner

    Sailing center fundraiser dinner

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center will host its annual fundraising dinner on Thursday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Red Sky restaurant. All proceeds from the dinner will be donated to the sailing center. Funds will go towards the purchase of new jib sails and rudder systems for the center’s

  • Lobster  union fires co-op CEO

    Lobster union fires co-op CEO

    TRENTON — The Maine Lobster Union, Lobster 207, has fired longtime lobster dealer Warren Pettegrow as chief executive officer of its wholesale lobster co-op. The firing was announced in an April 13 letter from the union’s executive board addressed to union members. The board also called a May 5 membership meeting at the Elks Lodge

  • Aquaculture study bill slammed, called attempt to ‘bully’ DMR into denying leases

    Aquaculture study bill slammed, called attempt to ‘bully’ DMR into denying leases

    AUGUSTA — The Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee has had a full plate this session. The committee has held hearings on topics ranging from allowing ground-up oyster shells to be deposited on tidal flats to combat ocean acidification and allowing student lobster license holders to fish during school vacations in seasonally closed areas to giving towns

  • ASMFC to meet

    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s spring meeting is set for the Westin Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Va., on April 29-May 2. Meeting materials are available on the commission website. Board meeting proceedings will be broadcast daily via webinar, however no comments or questions will be accepted during the webinar. The

  • Elver numbers

    Elver numbers

    AUGUSTA — As of 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) reported Maine elver dealers buying a total of 4,869 pounds of the eels with a reported value of $10,028,552 for an average price-per-pound of $2,060. Of this year’s landings since the season opened on March 22, 3,289 pounds came from

  • Whale protection team to start work on new rules

    Whale protection team to start work on new rules

    ELLSWORTH — It’s still too early in the year for lobster fishing to be in full swing, so it was quiet enough on the water this week to hear the distant sound of dropping shoes from a meeting of the NOAA Fisheries Large Whale Take Reduction Team meeting that began Tuesday morning in Providence, R.I.

  • New patrol boat honors fisherman who had it built

    New patrol boat honors fisherman who had it built

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — It’s been a busy spring for the Maine Marine Patrol. Last month, Col. Jay Carroll replaced Col Jon Cornish, who retired after 34 years in the service, as chief of the Marine Patrol. At the end of this week, the patrol’s second in command, Maj. Rene Cloutier, will retire. His replacement has

  • Will Welles becomes J/24 North American Champ

    Will Welles becomes J/24 North American Champ

    ELLSWORTH — Time flies when you’re having fun, or even when you’re just thinking about it. Though it’s hard to believe, 26 years have gone by since Will Welles was a star skipper for the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team, racing 420 dinghies against George Stevens Academy in Southwest Harbor or Castine. Though

  • Elver report

    Elver report

    ELLSWORTH — As of 6 p.m. Monday, The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) reported Maine elver dealers buying a total of 2,806 pounds of the eels with a reported value of $5,410,621, for an average price-per-pound of $1,928. Of this year’s landings since the season opened on March 22, 1,469 pounds came from DMR-licensed elver

  • Canadian-U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting: U.S. and Canadian lobstermen have a whale of a problem

    Canadian-U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting: U.S. and Canadian lobstermen have a whale of a problem

    PORTLAND — Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher sure knows how to quiet a room. On April 5, about 100 members of the U.S. and Maine lobster industry — fishermen, dealers, scientists and regulators — gathered for the 15th Canadian-U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel in Portland. There they heard