Waterfront

  • Fond farewell for XPO of Station Southwest Harbor

    Fond farewell for XPO of Station Southwest Harbor

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — After his second tour on the Maine coast and a bit of fanfare, Alex Bernier, 31, will head south with his family. Monday was his last official day on the job at the Coast Guard station here. At a ceremony, Bernier, the station’s executive petty officer, was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation

  • Town shellfish, oyster rules

    Town shellfish, oyster rules

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Marine resources is taking comment on proposed rule changes affecting oyster harvesters and municipal shellfish conservation programs A new minimum size for American oysters is proposed, 2.5 inches with a 10 percent tolerance. An exception is provided for aquaculturists who take or possess undersize oysters from their lease or

  • Clam flat closure to be lifted soon

    Clam flat closure to be lifted soon

    AUGUSTA — A section of the Jordan River between Trenton and Lamoine was closed to shellfish harvesting late last month by the Maine Department of Marine Resources after what it said was “the identification of a pollution point source.” Pam Parker, water enforcement manager with the Maine Department of Environment Protection, said Tuesday that the

  • Downeast aquaculture research gets funding

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research’s (EPSCoR) Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) is funding two projects in Washington County aimed at better understanding the effects of environmental change and management policies on soft-shell clams and Atlantic sea scallops. “The goal of SEANET’s mini-grant program is to respond rapidly to aquaculture R&D needs

  • Students share research on Maine fisheries’ future

    Students share research on Maine fisheries’ future

    ELLSWORTH — Students from eight Downeast high schools gathered at The Grand on May 24 for the final presentations of their projects from the yearlong Eastern Maine Skippers Program. The event was well-attended, with an audience of parents, friends, siblings and a panel of distinguished judges listening attentively as students from each school outlined fisheries-related

  • Youth sailing programs to start

    Youth sailing programs to start

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Summer programs for youths at the MDI Community Sailing Center will begin June 18. A beginning rowing and sailing program for kids ages 6-9 will meet Monday through Friday, from 9-11:45 a.m. The class will offer activities teaching parts of the boat, rowing, knots and Optimist pram rigging. Students will be encouraged

  • Belfast salmon farm moves forward

    Belfast salmon farm moves forward

    BELFAST — The prospect of land-based salmon farming becoming a reality in eastern Maine has taken another step forward. Last week, Nordic Aquafarms, which plans to grow up to 33,000 tons of Atlantic salmon annually in a recirculating aquaculture facility it will build in Belfast, announced that it has its first U.S. employees. According to

  • Active hurricane season expected, NOAA says

    Active hurricane season expected, NOAA says

    ELLSWORTH — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a 75 percent chance of a near- or above-normal 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, the agency said last Thursday. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predict a 35 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season and a 25 percent

  • Adventure of the Seas’ visits for first time

    Adventure of the Seas’ visits for first time

    BAR HARBOR — Appearing to dwarf the Porcupine Islands in Frenchman Bay, Adventure of the Seas dropped anchor for its inaugural visit here on Monday at 7 a.m. The ship will visit Bar Harbor eight more times this season. On board later in the morning, Bar Harbor Historical Society Curator Deborah Dyer and Bar Harbor

  • Southern Ocean voyage topic of Blair book

    Southern Ocean voyage topic of Blair book

    MOUNT DESERT — Frank Blair will talk about his newly published book, “The Schooner Maggie B: A Southern Ocean Circumnavigation,” at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m. In 2005, Blair built a 63-foot wooden schooner in Nova Scotia and, with an all-volunteer crew, set off on its two-year maiden voyage