• Scallop season starts early down on the farm

    Scallop season starts early down on the farm

    STONINGTON — Except for a handful of divers in southern Maine, scallop season doesn’t start until at least Dec. 1 — unless you know the right people. The people to know in this instance are Stonington scallop farmers Marsden Brewer and his son, Bobby. Last Thursday, they began taking orders for live scallops freshly harvested

  • Fishermen rescued off Rockland

    Fishermen rescued off Rockland

    ROCKLAND — Four fishermen who were rescued from the Rockland-based fishing boat Aaron & Melissa II last Wednesday. The fishing crew abandoned ship about 60 miles off the coast of Rockland in 20-foot seas and 30-knot winds, according to reports. A rescue swimmer was lowered from a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and hoisted all four

  • Brooklin Boat Yard moves forward with new 55-footer

    Brooklin Boat Yard moves forward with new 55-footer

    BROOKLIN — Romantics may dream of castles in Spain, but Spanish yacht designers, it seems, dream of boatbuilders in Maine. For the past few months, Brooklin Boat Yard has been busy with the construction of an as yet unnamed — or at least not publicly — 55-foot Spirit of Tradition racing yacht designed by Botin

  • Work begins on new destroyer

    Brunswick — U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered remarks a ceremony marking the beginning of construction of the USS Patrick Gallagher at Bath Iron Works’ Hardings Fabrication facility on Friday. According to U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, the ship is named after Lance Cpl. Patrick “Bob” Gallagher. Gallagher immigrated to the United States from

  • Shellfish restoration

    Shellfish restoration

    ORONO — The Maine Shellfish Restoration and Resilience Project is seeking proposals for projects that will improve the management and conservation of clam flats and mussel beds. The grant program seeks to support new or expanding projects that restore shellfish flats, improve clam flat or mussel bed productivity, find and fix pollution, work with town

  • Whale search in roiling seas comes up empty

    Whale search in roiling seas comes up empty

    BAR HARBOR — All hands were an deck to search after an anonymous report Friday of a whale seen floating, presumed dead, offshore near Mount Desert Rock. Crews from College of the Atlantic’s Allied Whale, the Bar Harbor Whale Watch, the Maine Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard spent much of the day Monday

  • Ropeless fishing options floated

    Ropeless fishing options floated

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Whales and fishing gear increasingly occupy the same areas of ocean in the Gulf of Maine, and whales being injured or killed by entanglement with gear continues to be a top concern of scientists and regulators. While most Maine lobstermen say they have never even seen a right whale close to

  • Bay Ferries  prepares

    Bay Ferries prepares

    BAR HARBOR — Last month when town councilors voted unanimously to enter into a 5-year lease agreement with Bay Ferries to provide ferry service between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, N.S., Mark MacDonald of Bay Ferries announced his intention to begin refurbishing the property before the lease agreement takes effect on Dec. 1. Any work would

  • Better  binoculars

    Better binoculars

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Marine Patrol recently announced the purchase of new, more powerful binoculars for officers’ use in law enforcement and search and rescue work. The new 14×40 Fujinon Image Stabilization binoculars were purchased with a $3,200 grant from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and matching funds of $2,339.50 from the Maine Department of

  • Grant supports  GSA boatbuilding

    Grant supports GSA boatbuilding

    BLUE HILL — A boatbuilding class at George Stevens Academy will run for a second year thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Charles Wentz Carter Memorial Foundation. In the class taught by master boatbuilder John Brooks of Brooks Boat Design, students will build a 14-foot Sundog skiff with oars. Construction and fitting of the