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  • Big changes in store for crucial herring fishery

    Big changes in store for crucial herring fishery

    ELLSWORTH — For such a small fish, herring play a critical role in the ecosystem of the Gulf of Maine. Only a few inches long, the plankton-eating fish are an important prey species, providing food for top marine predators, and are an important source of bait for Maine’s $547-million lobster industry. In the Gulf of

  • MMA looks for new sailing coach

    MMA looks for new sailing coach

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy is looking for a new sailing coach. Judging by the job description posted on the academy’s website, the successful candidate may have to be Wonder Woman or Superman. The new coach will replace Caroline Councell, who took over the Mariners sailing team in November 2015. Before taking the helm full

  • Prices look low as scallop season opens

    Prices look low as scallop season opens

    ELLSWORTH — December arrived on Friday and with it came the start of the Maine scallop fishing season. While it’s still the earliest of days, it looks like prices may be considerably lower than they were last year. The season for divers got under way statewide Dec. 1. For draggers, the season opened Monday everywhere

  • Shrimp stir up spat at commission meeting

    Shrimp stir up spat at commission meeting

    PORTLAND — For such tiny critters, northern shrimp can kick up quite a storm among fisheries regulators. Meeting in Portland last week, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section voted to continue the moratorium on shrimp fishing in the Gulf of Maine for another year. First imposed in 2013, the moratorium will remain

  • Museum makes historic fisheries photos accessible

    Museum makes historic fisheries photos accessible

    SEARSPORT — Researchers and others interested in maritime and fishing history have a powerful new tool at their disposal. The publishers of National Fisherman magazine donated the magazine’s entire pre-digital photographic archive to the Penobscot Marine Museum. The museum is wrapping up a five-year project digitizing and cataloging the archives. The whole collection is available

  • Odds are tiny for a winter shrimp fishing season

    Odds are tiny for a winter shrimp fishing season

    ELLSWORTH — With fisheries regulators slated to gather in Portland on Wednesday, a shrimp fishing season in the Gulf of Maine this winter seemed as likely as bipartisan tax legislation in Congress. The schedule called for members of the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section to meet in the afternoon to establish dates

  • Bar Harbor Council agrees to purchase ferry terminal property

    Bar Harbor Council agrees to purchase ferry terminal property

    BAR HARBOR — The town will exercise an option agreement to purchase the abandoned ferry terminal property on Eden Street from the Maine Department of Transportation for $3.5 million, following a unanimous Town Council vote Nov. 21. Residents attending the meeting greeted the decision with applause. A bond issue for the $3.5 million will go

  • Scallop license lottery moves forward

    Scallop license lottery moves forward

    ELLSWORTH – More scalloping or more scallopers? That’s the question the Department of Marine Resources is facing with a proposed rule that would establish a lottery system for new scallop fishing licenses. Under a plan announced last week, DMR would issue annually two new scallop dragging licenses for every three surrendered. The department would also

  • Legislation would clear mudflats for wormers and clammers

    Legislation would clear mudflats for wormers and clammers

    ELLSWORTH — In the topsy-turvy atmosphere of the nation’s capital, Maine’s congressional delegation displayed an almost unique bicameral, bipartisan unity introducing substantially identical legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives to preserve the rights of clammers and wormers to ply their fisheries on the intertidal flats off the shore of Acadia National Park. Last