Waterfront

  • Aquaculture industry qualifies for relief

    Aquaculture industry qualifies for relief

    ELLSWORTH — If it wasn’t clear before last week, there’s a big election just a few weeks away. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it was releasing some $530 million appropriated by Congress last March under the CARES Act to assist the beleaguered U.S. seafood industry and fishermen damaged by retaliatory

  • Graham Lake water levels plummet

    Graham Lake water levels plummet

    ELLSWORTH — Nearly five years into the process of renewing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for its Graham Lake and Leonard Lake dams, Black Bear Hydro seems no closer to solving the issue of fluctuating water levels in Graham Lake than when the process began. Earlier this month, shoreland owners reported that the water

  • Plane may have run out of gas before crashing

    Plane may have run out of gas before crashing

    SURRY — The preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board on the crash of an airplane into Morgan Bay last month suggests that the plane may have run out of fuel. Late on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 17, a small, bright yellow airplane made a crash landing off the beach on the

  • Schooner Heritage skippers honored on retirement

    Schooner Heritage skippers honored on retirement

    ROCKLAND — Surrounded by fellow windjammer captains, crew and friends, Captains Doug and Linda Lee recently received an award from the Maine Windjammer Association honoring their combined 100 years of windjamming experience. Offering their highest honor — the Lifetime Appreciation Award — captains and crew of the Maine Windjammer Association fleet applauded the Lees for

  • Replica of Hemingway’s Pilar launched in Brooklin

    Replica of Hemingway’s Pilar launched in Brooklin

    BROOKLIN — With the United States deep in the Great Depression, 1934 wasn’t a great year for most people, but it was a winner for author Ernest Hemmingway. In April of that year, he took delivery of the 38-foot motorboat Pilar, his then wife’s nickname, custom built by the Wheeler Yacht Co. in its Brooklyn,

  • Scallop license lottery is open

    Scallop license lottery is open

    ELLSWORTH — Fishermen who would like to get a license to participate in Maine’s lucrative scallop fishery this winter now have the chance to do that, if they’re lucky. On Monday, the Department of Marine Resources opened two lotteries for available scallop fishing licenses. One lottery is for licenses to drag for scallops from a

  • Shark encounter surprises Stonington fishermen

    STONINGTON — Donnie McHenan has been lobster fishing most of his life, but last week he had a first-time experience he’ll never forget and hopes never to repeat. The weather was fine as McHenan and sternman Mike Thompson were hauling lobster gear near Green Ledge off Fog Island, an empty stretch of water off the

  • Lobstermen may get up to $50M in relief funds

    Lobstermen may get up to $50M in relief funds

    ELLSWORTH — Whatever the relationship between China and the United States — particularly the lobster industry — may be, Maine lobstermen are certainly living in interesting times. Last week, a scant two months before the upcoming presidential election, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it would soon release some $530 million appropriated by Congress

  • Aquaculture scoping session canceled

    LAMOINE — The Department of Marine Resources announced on Tuesday that the Ocean Resources Inc. scoping session originally scheduled for Sept. 19 at Lamoine State Park has been canceled. The cancellation also applies to the alternate date listed in the original notice of the meeting. There is no information yet as to when, or whether,

  • $2 million awarded for lobster research

    $2 million awarded for lobster research

    ELLSWORTH  – Maine’s Congressional delegation announced last week that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative will again receive $2 million in funding to support Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank American lobster research priorities. This is the second consecutive year that the program has received federal money for the research

  • Jordan River aquaculture lease proposed

    Jordan River aquaculture lease proposed

    LAMOINE  – The Department of Marine Resources has scheduled for later this month a preliminary review of an application for a 2.96-acre aquaculture lease to be situated in the Jordan River. The draft application filed by Ocean Resources Inc. calls for a 20-year lease to grow as many as 18,000 green sea urchins and 18,000

  • Commissioner updates fishing community on federal aid

    Commissioner updates fishing community on federal aid

    ELLSWORTH  – It’s no secret that the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been especially hard on small businesses and the self-employed. While Maine workers who lost their jobs were, with greater or lesser difficulty, able to qualify for federally enhanced state unemployment insurance benefits, most fishermen were not so fortunate even though their