Articles by: Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.
  • Donahue wins first Longboard Regatta

    Donahue wins first Longboard Regatta

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Before nearly a dozen sailing students headed out on the water to race in the MDI Longboard Regatta on Aug. 12, Stephen Linscott demonstrated how to ride the long skateboard they were competing to win. “The response I got was, ‘cool,’” said Linscott, creator of MDI Longboards and sponsor of the race

  • “Living room”-sized lease application raises concerns

    “It is on private property that is in the Limited Residential Shoreland zone. Since this would change the use of that property from residential to aquaculture, I believe that would trigger Planning Board review. The Land Use Ordinance specifically prohibits aquaculture in the Limited Residential Shoreland zone, and so I anticipate that ultimately, this project will be denied.”

  • Gilley new harbormaster in SW Harbor

    Gilley new harbormaster in SW Harbor

    Jesse Gilley knows a thing or two about working on the water. But, last Friday, following a small snowfall, Gilley, 29, was behind the wheel of a snowplow, clearing a municipal parking lot. According to Gilley, assisting the town’s highway department during the colder months is listed in the harbormaster’s job description, a role he was recently appointed to by the Board of Selectmen. 

    Gilley’s experience working on the water includes lobster and scallop fishing, marine construction, boat mate and engineer, as well as oyster farming. Before taking the job in Southwest Harbor, Gilley was working on a scallop fishing boat out of New Bedford, Mass., going out on the water for up to two weeks at a time. “That’s pretty much what I’ve done my whole life,” he said about commercial fishing. “I got to run the boat, a 120-foot vessel.” 

  • Mussel farmers intend to diversify with scallop farm

    Mussel farmers intend to diversify with scallop farm

    Acadia Aqua Farms filed a lease application with the Maine Department of Marine Resources to farm scallops on 68 acres northeast of Sunken Ledge in Frenchman Bay. The company proposes a suspended gear operation for farming scallops 4,000 feet from shore and 2,700 feet northeast of the ledge.

  • Sea squirts spread along the coast

    Sea squirts spread along the coast

    BAR HARBOR — An alien invader is popping up more frequently along the local coastline.  Very few tunicates, the small marine animals more commonly known as sea squirts, are indigenous to the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada. Yet, there have been plenty of sightings by beachcombers, fishermen, sea farmers and others whose work is

  • Zone B settles on a trap recommendation

    Zone B settles on a trap recommendation

    BAR HARBOR — After waiting a month to discuss possible alternatives, members of the Zone B Lobster Management Council last week agreed to present to the state a proposal for regulations aimed at protecting the endangered North Atlantic right whale.  The Department of Marine Resources had asked the zone council and others around the state

  • Zone B Council holds off on endorsing whale plan

    Zone B Council holds off on endorsing whale plan

    ELLSWORTH — A deadline to present a state plan designed to minimize potential harm to right whales is fast approaching, but members of the Zone B Lobster Management Council have asked Department of Marine Resources officials to check some numbers before the zone council agrees to a plan. “The timeline is short,” said DMR Commissioner

  • Wharf repairs to begin soon in Bass Harbor

    Wharf repairs to begin soon in Bass Harbor

    TREMONT — Cracked beams, eroding piles and rickety stringers are all signs that the Bernard town wharf on the western shore of inner Bass Harbor is in need of repair. With the help of a Small Harbor Improvement Project grant from the Maine Department of Transportation, the town is planning repairs to the north side

  • Southwest Harbor considers town dock usage

    Southwest Harbor considers town dock usage

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Sparked by an Appeals Board decision to allow a charter fishing boat operator to continue disembarking passengers at one of the town docks, the town Harbor Committee will review the language in the town’s Coastal Waters and Harbor Ordinance over the winter. John Dittmar owns Acadia Fishing Tours. Passengers board his boat,