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  • Project aims to restore fish passage to river

    Project aims to restore fish passage to river

    BROOKSVILLE — A project is underway this summer to help restore fish passage to the Bagaduce River. Construction vehicles will be onsite at the Mill Pond on Coastal Road in Brooksville. “This project will take place on the small property owned by Maine Coast Heritage Trust at a former mill site at the head of

  • Funding awarded for Georges Pond watershed restoration

    FRANKLIN — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has awarded the Georges Pond Association a $45,960 federal grant to reduce pollution in the Georges Pond watershed. The estimated project cost is $79,066, with $33,106 promised from project partners coupled with the federal grant. The pond association has

  • New boats and old make their marks in regatta

    New boats and old make their marks in regatta

    BROOKLIN — The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta fleet is always a mixture of old boats and new, with the common denominator being that all of them are of wooden construction. While the 66-boat fleet for last Saturday’s race included plenty of elegant antiques — Desperate Lark, Bob Vaughn’s Herreshoff Bar Harbor 30 launched in 1903, was

  • Judge in whale protection case expected to set deadline for new rules

    ELLSWORTH — Last month, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, violated federal environmental protection laws several years ago when a “biological opinion” it issued failed to give adequate consideration to the risk the lobster fishery posed to endangered right

  • Regattas will likely host smaller fleets

    Regattas will likely host smaller fleets

    CASTINE – The Castine Classic Yacht Race has been part of competitive sailing on Penobscot Bay since at least 1999 and so it will be this year too, though the COVID-19 pandemic has already had an impact on the event. “We’re running the race as ever,” event chairman David Bicks said Monday morning, “but there

  • Jonesport fish farm will pump millions of gallons of seawater

    Jonesport fish farm will pump millions of gallons of seawater

    JONESPORT – Kingfish Maine, the company that wants to build a technologically advanced, land-based fish farm on the shore of Chandler Bay, held an appropriately technologically advanced public meeting in the Jonesport firehouse last Tuesday to begin the process of applying to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for a Maine Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

  • Superyacht pays a visit to Blue Hill

    Superyacht pays a visit to Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — An unexpected visitor spiced up the Sunday scene in East Blue Hill when the 453-foot yacht Rising Sun dropped anchor off the mouth of McHeard Cove and the Curtis Cove Beach after a day of cruising the waters around Mount Desert Island and Blue Hill Bay. With a 62-foot beam and drawing

  • MMA training ship to return July 31

    MMA training ship to return July 31

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy’s training ship, State of Maine, will return to Castine mid-afternoon on Friday, July 31, to conclude a month-long training exercise, MMA President William Brennan announced this week. The ship is returning from Searsport, where it has been anchored since departing its homeport July 10. The ship relocated after some Castine

  • Pandemic takes toll on Maine schooner fleet activities

    Pandemic takes toll on Maine schooner fleet activities

    ROCKLAND — By late July, the Maine schooner fleet is usually running all out, with a dozen or so boats busy carrying passengers on sailing adventures through Penobscot Bay and farther east from homeports in Camden, Rockport and Rockland. The season usually gets under way in June, but the coronavirus pandemic has changed all that.

  • Researchers find microplastics in larval lobsters

    Researchers find microplastics in larval lobsters

    ELLSWORTH — Scientists at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences have discovered that microplastic pollution of the ocean is having an impact on Maine lobsters. In a study published last month, a team of researchers reported their findings that microplastic fiber pollution in the ocean affects larval lobsters at each stage of their development. According

  • No fall season for Maine Maritime sailing team

    No fall season for Maine Maritime sailing team

    CASTINE — The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another victim, though fortunately not an individual. Last Friday, Maine Maritime Academy President William J. Brennan announced that the MMA Mariners would not compete in any intercollegiate athletics during the fall 2020 semester. Among the teams whose seasons will be canceled is the academy’s co-ed sailing team. “This