Waterfront

  • PETA lobster complaint not being prosecuted

    PETA lobster complaint not being prosecuted

    By Maxwell Hauptman news@mdislander.com ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to pursue a complaint against Maine Fair Trade Lobster in Prospect Harbor filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “[District Attorney Matt] Foster concluded that a precedent from 2013 in District 6 (Knox County), where a nearly

  • Trap trawl compromise

    Trap trawl compromise

    ELLSWORTH — A new, compromise plan to ban lobster trap trawls longer than five traps each in an offshore area is headed to the rulemaking process in the Department of Marine Resources. A public hearing on the change is set for Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. at Ellsworth High School. “In October 2018, a new

  • Tougher rules for elver dealers

    Tougher rules for elver dealers

    ELLSWORTH — Maine’s elver dealers will likely face stricter rules on where and how they do business when the 2019 fishing season gets underway next month. The fishing season for elvers opens March 22 and usually extends through June 7. Last year, though, the state closed the season two weeks early, on May 24. As

  • Katona to discuss acidification in the Gulf of Maine

    Katona to discuss acidification in the Gulf of Maine

    BAR HARBOR — Steven Katona will discuss climate change and ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine at Acadia Senior College’s Food For Thought lunch and lecture series at Birch Bay Village Inn on Friday, Jan. 25 at noon. The presentation will explore examples of how marine and human communities are responding to climate change,

  • Maritime film fest

    BUCKSPORT — The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) is now accepting submissions for the 4th annual juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. It is the premier event for maritime-themed film making. The IMFF is a joint venture between Main Street Bucksport, WoodenBoat Publications, Inc.,

  • Aquaculture rule changes

    Aquaculture rule changes

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Marine Resources will hold a public hearing Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. at Ellsworth City Hall on proposed changes to aquaculture leasing regulations. This proposed rule would make a number of changes to clarify the aquaculture leasing regulations, including the elimination of redundant language. It would also make

  • Acadia Aqua Farms lease renewal approved

    Acadia Aqua Farms lease renewal approved

    SORRENTO — The Maine Department of Marine Resources gave Acadia Aqua Farms an early present the week before Christmas when Commissioner Patrick Keliher approved a renewal of the Trenton-based company’s lease for the bottom culture of mussels on a 14.3-acre site off Waukeag Neck in Flanders Bay. Acadia acquired the lease, originally issued in September

  • Welles nominated for top U.S. Sailing prize

    Welles nominated for top U.S. Sailing prize

    ELLSWORTH — For many devotees of high school sailing, it doesn’t seem all that long ago that Will Welles was a star skipper the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team, racing fiercely against George Stevens Academy in Southwest Harbor or Castine. In fact, it has been a long time and the 1993 MDIHS graduate

  • School boatbuilding connects with history, math curriculum

    School boatbuilding connects with history, math curriculum

    CRANBERRY ISLES — This school year, Ashley Bryan School students are doing some of their history and math in a boatbuilding shop. The independent nonprofit Islesford Boatworks has been leading summer boatbuilding programs for more than a decade. Last fall, Tony Archino, former executive director of Boatworks, led the first school-year program. The students began

  • Whale rule changes coming on two tracks

    Whale rule changes coming on two tracks

    BAR HARBOR — Maine lobstermen and their representatives, along with state fisheries regulators, continue to debate how much the Maine lobster fishery is implicated in the decline of the North Atlantic Right Whale. Ongoing efforts to protect the whales from entanglement with fishing gear may result in two different new sets of regulations, Sarah Cotnoir,