• Salmon farm planned for former Bucksport mill site

    Salmon farm planned for former Bucksport mill site

    BUCKSPORT – A Maine-based company, Whole Oceans, which describes itself as a land-based producer of sustainable farm-raised Atlantic salmon, intends to begin construction of an aquaculture plant this year at the former Verso mill site in Bucksport. Whole Oceans has signed a purchase and sale agreement with AIM Development, which owns the mill site, and

  • Oyster farming plan enjoys smooth sailing

    Oyster farming plan enjoys smooth sailing

    BAR HARBOR — Shellfish grower Matt Gerald’s plan to grow more than 1.5 million oysters south of Old House Cove in Western Bay drew little comment at a Department of Marine Resources scoping session held earlier this month in Bar Harbor. In the aquaculture business for four years, Gerald became an oyster farmer by accident.

  • Dam license renewal process nearing conclusion

    Dam license renewal process nearing conclusion

    ELLSWORTH — On Dec. 30, 2015, Black Bear Hydro Partners applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a new license for the hydroelectric facilities it operates on the Union River — the dams forming Graham Lake and Leonard Lake. Now the relicensing process is moving toward conclusion. The application was a significant step in

  • Minke whale deaths cause for concern

    Minke whale deaths cause for concern

    BAR HARBOR — The number of minke whale deaths between Maine and South Carolina in 2017 was more than twice the normal average, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to declare an unusual mortality event for the species. The declaration is in response to information collected from January 2017 to January 2018. NOAA

  • “Museum by the Sea” day camp scheduled Feb. 20-23

    CASTINE — The Wilson Museum is hosting a February vacation day camp titled “Museum by the Sea: An Ocean of Activities” for grades 1-8. The camp will run from Tuesday, Feb. 20, through Friday, Feb. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hutchins Education Center on Perkins Street in Castine. Participants will follow

  • Harrington clammer’s body found

    HARRINGTON — The body of 62-year old Delbert Caler of Harrington was discovered Thursday morning in the water a half mile away from Lower Wass Cove on the Pleasant River. Caler’s body was found by a local fisherman working with Maine Marine Patrol to locate the shellfish harvester, who had been missing since he had

  • Lucrative elver fishery could be expanding

    Lucrative elver fishery could be expanding

    ELLSWORTH — Maine elver fishermen made more than $12 million last year, landing just about 9,300 pounds of the 9,688-pound catch quota allotted to them by fisheries regulators. There’s no telling how many elvers fishermen will land during the 2018 fishery, slated to begin March 22 and end June 7, or what those landings will

  • More Atlantic salmon coming to Maine, but not from the sea

    ELLSWORTH — A Norwegian company is planning to build a vast new land-based aquaculture facility to grow Atlantic salmon in eastern Maine. Last week, Nordic Aquafarms announced that it would build a land-based salmon farm on a 40-acre site outside of Belfast. To be developed in phases, the facility would ultimately have the capacity to

  • Council adopts coral protection plan

    Council adopts coral protection plan

    ELLSWORTH — After years of debate, the New England Fishery Management Council last week took final action on new rules aimed at protecting deep-sea coral from damage by fishing gear. Meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., the council adopted its Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment and voted to submit the document to the National Marine Fisheries Service for