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  • Legislature faces busy marine resources calendar

    ELLSWORTH — With last week’s blizzard upending the Legislature’s schedule, the Marine Resources Committee has a busy calendar between now and the start of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum on March 2. On Monday, the committee has scheduled a hearing on a bill that would, among other things, set the number of non-tribal elver fishing licenses

  • Help available for fishermen dealing with red tape

    Help available for fishermen dealing with red tape

    BAR HARBOR — Those who have chosen the fisherman’s life do not work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., clock in and out at lunchtime or comply with company dress codes. Rather, they have chosen the ocean as their workplace and a captain’s seat as their office chair. However, keeping up with ever-changing state and

  • Penobscot sailor is Grand Master of all he surveys

    Penobscot sailor is Grand Master of all he surveys

    ELLSWORTH — As a youngster living in his native Denmark more than 30 years ago, Carsten Steenberg was a member of the same sailing club as four-time Olympic champion Paul Elvstrøm and trained often with the gold medalist and other members of Denmark’s championship Olympic dinghy sailing team. Then in his 20s, Steenberg “did a

  • Harvesters turn attention from tidal flats to Capitol

    GOULDSBORO — Worm diggers are happy that Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) and Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) have filed legislation to preserve the “traditional” harvesting of marine organisms from the intertidal zone mudflats, but they are worried that the Acadia National Park Commission, and the park’s administration, could thwart the effort. Last week, ANP Commission members

  • Committee to hear marine worm, elver bills

    Committee to hear marine worm, elver bills

    AUGUSTA — The Legislature is in full swing and next Monday the Marine Resources Committee will hold a public hearing on a controversial bill that could significantly alter two Maine fisheries. Rep. Robert Alley (D-Beals) is offering a bill (LD 115) that would ban dragging for mussels in any Washington County river and close Maine

  • Opponents say oyster farm is too big, in wrong place

    Opponents say oyster farm is too big, in wrong place

    PENOBSCOT — The Department of Marine Resources public hearing on the Taunton Bay Oyster Co.’s application for a 22.87-acre aquaculture lease in the Bagaduce River wound up last Wednesday evening after roughly a dozen hours of testimony spread over three evening sessions. Except for company President Michael Briggs, the plan had few supporters, if any.

  • Lobsterman cleared of unlicensed fishing

    Lobsterman cleared of unlicensed fishing

    ELLSWORTH — Every once in a while, a case comes along that serves as a reminder that Maine courts, like the state’s many law enforcement agencies, are a part of what is loosely called the justice system and that most of the people who work in the courts and law enforcement agencies want to see

  • DMR sets scallop closures

    DMR sets scallop closures

    AUGUSTA — The Department of Marine Resources has imposed immediate “emergency” closures of several scallop fishing areas that became effective this week “due to the risk of imminent depletion and unusual damage” to the resource. The closed areas are located in: the Chandler Bay/Head Harbor Island area Downeast; Lower Blue Hill Bay and Jericho Bay;

  • Legislature eyes lobster, crab laws

    Legislature eyes lobster, crab laws

    AUGUSTA — Two Hancock County lawmakers have drafted several bills that would affect the lobster and crab fisheries should they reach the floor of the Maine Legislature. State Rep. Brian Hubbell (D-Bar Harbor) has drafted a concept bill (LD 149) that proposes several ways to make changes to limited-entry lobster and crab zones. “It is