Waterfront

  • Charter operation hopes to salvage its season

    Charter operation hopes to salvage its season

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A couple of years ago, Shane Ellis launched a new arm of his family boat company, offering a few of the Ellis motor yachts for bareboat charters. Like hotels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals, he had a busy season already booked when state officials announced the requirement that anyone coming from

  • Stolen boat runs aground in Steuben

    Stolen boat runs aground in Steuben

    STEUBEN — A Canadian man is in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s custody after allegedly stealing an offshore lobster boat from New Brunswick’s Grand Manan Island and running the vessel into U.S. waters, where it went aground in Pigeon Hill Bay before dawn on Monday. Based in Hodgdon, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s public

  • Virus or no virus, spring is a busy time at boatyards

    Virus or no virus, spring is a busy time at boatyards

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — While the coming Memorial Day weekend will look different in some ways than it does other years, such as no big parades or gatherings, local boatyards are as busy as ever. Service yards store boats for customers for the winter and use the time to perform maintenance including painting, waxing, varnish, oil

  • Elver price plummets; lobster industry seeks help

    Elver price plummets; lobster industry seeks help

    ELLSWORTH — Earning a living as a fisherman is tough in the best of times. Right now, times are bad and Maine fishermen have to hope they don’t get any worse. Last year, according to the Department of Marine Resources, Maine harvesters landed 9,620 pounds of elvers — juvenile eels — and dealers paid $20,119,194

  • Guided fishing, boating part of phase one reopening

    Guided fishing, boating part of phase one reopening

    ELLSWORTH — The first stage of Governor Janet Mills’ plans to gradually reopen Maine’s economy began Friday, May 1. Industries approved for re-opening include guided hunting, fishing, boating and outdoor activities, as well as marinas. Guided fishing businesses are permitted to have no more than 10 customers per trip, not including crew members. Also, the

  • Lobstermen help schools amidst pandemic crisis

    Lobstermen help schools amidst pandemic crisis

    STONINGTON — When the coronavirus closed Maine schools, thousands of students who already qualified for free and reduced cost in-school meals faced the risk of hunger. With many parents suddenly out of work, many more students faced serious food insecurity. At the same time, most Maine lobstermen found that there was no market for their

  • Calais man dies after canoe capsizes

    MEDDYBEMPS — Maine game wardens are investigating the death of a 62-year-old Calais man on Bearce Lake Sunday evening. At a little before 6 p.m. May 3, two kayakers on Bearce Lake in Meddybemps heard a man yelling for help. The man was in the water next to his capsized kayak. The kayakers paddled over

  • Bell rings for next round in dam license fight

    Bell rings for next round in dam license fight

    ELLSWORTH — In March, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection denied a request by Black Bear Hydro Partners for a water quality certification (WQC) under the Clean Waters Act. The certification is critical to the company’s pending application for new licenses to maintain and operate the two Union River dams — one at the lower

  • Retired boat builder embraces a new challenge

    Retired boat builder embraces a new challenge

    ELLSWORTH — Fred Rea knows his way around a boat shop. The longtime member of the crew at Mount Desert Yacht Yard retired a couple of years ago and moved with his wife, Rosamond, to a house on Lower Patten Pond. After 30-some years maintaining and repairing International One Designs and all manner of other

  • COVID-19 relief webinar for fishermen

    ELLSWORTH – With a U.S. Senate-passed $484 billion COVID-19 economic relief package awaiting action in the House of Representatives and a promised signature by President Donald Trump, the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, Maine Lobstermen’s Association and the Maine Aquaculture Association will host a COVID Financial Relief Webinar aimed directly at fishermen on Thursday, April 23