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  • Union-owned Lobster 207 gets “Fair Trade” certification

    Union-owned Lobster 207 gets “Fair Trade” certification

    TRENTON — Lobster 207, the wholesale and retail cooperative owned by the Maine Lobstering Union, can now market its lobsters with the trademarked “Fair Trade” seal after certification by the nonprofit Fair Trade USA. Based on compliance with the organization’s extensive, 105-page Capture Fisheries Standard, the certification confirms that lobstermen selling their catch to the

  • Fish farmers fit right in at Jonesport “hotspot”

    Fish farmers fit right in at Jonesport “hotspot”

    JONESPORT — Before planting even the first seeds, terrestrial farmers cultivate the land from which they hope to harvest a crop. Smart fish farmers are no different, so on a rainy Tuesday last week, Tom and Megan Sorby, the on-site operations team for the Netherlands-based aquaculture company Zeeland Kingfish, settled in at the Moosabec Video

  • DMR questions feds’ math on whale rules

    DMR questions feds’ math on whale rules

    ELLSWORTH – In an early January letter to Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher, the National Marine Fisheries Service rejected a Maine plan to reduce the risk of endangered right whales becoming entangled in lobster gear, saying the plan did not go far enough. Keliher told the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee about the letter

  • Lobster co-op announces new leadership structure

    Lobster co-op announces new leadership structure

    TRENTON — Lobster 207 LLC, the wholesale and retail lobster merchant owned by the Maine Lobstering Union, has announced completion of its new management structure. Last spring, the union-owned cooperative hired Mike Yohe as its chief executive officer. He had served as Lobster 207’s director of business development. Last week, Lobster 207 announced that Carmen

  • Whale rules fall short

    Whale rules fall short

    By Penelope Overton Portland Press Herald ELLSWORTH — Maine’s plan to protect right whales does not go far enough to reduce the risk of entanglement in lobstering gear, according to federal regulators. The National Marine Fisheries Service has concluded that Maine’s plan to use a combination of weak rope and a 25 percent reduction in

  • DMR closes areas around MDI to scallop fishing

    DMR closes areas around MDI to scallop fishing

    ELLSWORTH — Citing heavy fishing pressure and concerns about depleting the stock of juvenile scallops, Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher last week announced emergency closures of two large areas to scallop fishing for the rest of the current season. The closures went into effect on Feb. 2. In the two closed areas, one

  • Coronavirus dampens demand for lobster

    Coronavirus dampens demand for lobster

    ELLSWORTH — Already battered by the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, the market for lobsters took another hit last month as the Chinese New Year festivals celebrating the Year of the Rat were tempered by the more or less simultaneous onset of the year of the coronavirus. The start of the

  • Goose Cove application draws no opposition

    Goose Cove application draws no opposition

    TRENTON — A plan to raise oysters on a five-acre site in Goose Cove, west of Haynes Point in Western Bay, raised little concern and no opposition at what was scheduled as a Department of Marine Resources aquaculture “scoping session” in Trenton. Brian Harvey of Glenburn filed an application with DMR for a 20-year aquaculture

  • Bill would change membership of Shellfish Advisory Council

    Bill would change membership of Shellfish Advisory Council

    AUGUSTA — The Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee is considering legislation that would change the membership of the Department of Marine Resources’ Shellfish Advisory Committee. The bill, LD 1906, was introduced by Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias) on behalf of DMR. In testimony before the committee late last month, Deirdre Gilbert, director of state marine policy

  • Coronavirus dampens demand for lobster

    Coronavirus dampens demand for lobster

    ELLSWORTH — Already battered by the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, the market for lobsters took another hit last month as the Chinese New Year festivals celebrating the Year of the Rat were tempered by the more or less simultaneous onset of the year of the coronavirus. The start of the