• Program offers aquaculture coaching

    Program offers aquaculture coaching

    SWAN’S ISLAND — When long-time fisherman Jason Joyce decided to start Swan’s Island Oyster Farm two years ago, he knew there was risk involved, but there has been help along the way. With the guidance of a new Aquaculture Business Development (ABD) program offered by the Rockland-based Island Insitute, Joyce and his cousin, Josh Joyce,

  • Schoodic Ferry won’t be back

    Schoodic Ferry won’t be back

    BAR HARBOR — The Schoodic Ferry, the May-to-October passenger service between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor, is ceasing operation. Kaitlyn Mullen, who started the ferry service in 2016, cited “funding issues” as a major reason for shutting it down. “You can only go so far with so much money,” she said. As for another factor

  • Ventless trap survey set

    Ventless trap survey set

    WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR — The Department of Marine Resources, in cooperation with the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, is seeking industry participants for the Regional Ventless Trap Program through a competitive bid process. The cooperative research project between industry and scientists from Maine to New York seeks data on relative lobster abundance and size distribution.

  • Damon to talk fisheries

    Damon to talk fisheries

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Dennis Damon will speak about the present and future of Gulf of Maine fisheries Saturday, Feb. 9 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Southwest Harbor Public Library. Damon is a fourth-generation commercial fisherman. He is a former state senator and chaired the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources. Currently, he

  • Marine Patrol contact change

    Marine Patrol contact change

    LAMOINE — The Maine Marine Patrol’s Public Health lab and Division II office will have new phone numbers effective Feb. 1, the Department of Marine Resources announced. The Marine Patrol Division II office phone number in Lamoine will change to 664-2392. The number for the Public Health lab in Lamoine will be 664-2394. The fax

  • Bass Harbor ferry terminal work planned

    Bass Harbor ferry terminal work planned

    TREMONT — Officials of the state’s Department of Transportation will explain plans for proposed additional structures to the Bass Harbor Ferry Terminal at a public meeting Feb. 26. Not expected to begin until 2020, the $765,000 project includes the installation of a south side dolphin, a walkway and a wave fence. A dolphin is a

  • Bill would ban cruise ships from Great Harbor

    Bill would ban cruise ships from Great Harbor

    AUGUSTA — A bill to ban cruise ships and other large commercial vessels from the waters off the southern end of Mount Desert Island – the area known as Great Harbor – has been introduced in the Legislature by Rep. Brian Hubbell, who represents Bar Harbor, Mount Desert and Lamoine. He introduced the bill at

  • DMR draws scant turnout for hearing on aquaculture rules

    DMR draws scant turnout for hearing on aquaculture rules

    ELLSWORTH — It might have been the stormy weather, but a hearing on the massive overhaul of the Department of Marine Resources’ aquaculture regulations drew only a small and quiet turnout to City Hall last Thursday afternoon. Ten shellfish and seaweed farmers listened as DMR Deputy Commissioner Meredith Mendelson explained that the proposed rule had

  • Vacation camp and sailor’s Valentines

    Vacation camp and sailor’s Valentines

    SEARSPORT — Penobscot Marine Museum and Neighborhood Arts will hold a Tall Tales and Fish Stories camp for children ages 5 to 10. The camp will be held the week of February school vacation, Feb. 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost of the camp is $195 or $160 for Penobscot

  • Students’ quest to save whales is focus of Thom Willey film

    Students’ quest to save whales is focus of Thom Willey film

    By Maxwell Hauptman news@mdislander.com CASTINE — Calvin is a North Atlantic right whale whose mother, Delilah, died from a ship strike in Canada’s Bay of Fundy in 1992. Researchers, who named the female calf after the spunky Calvin and Hobbes comic strip character, subsequently have followed the baby whale that not only survived on its