Waterfront

  • Booming real estate sales imperil shorefront access

    Booming real estate sales imperil shorefront access

    ELLSWORTH — A grizzled lobsterman hauls traps onto the wharf as the sun sets slow and pink over the harbor. Fishing boats head home to unload catch as captains and sternmen young and old call back and forth in a Downeast Maine accent. Fresh-caught local seafood is featured at restaurants and markets. Maine’s “blue economy”

  • Fishermen test fitness tracker potential

    Fishermen test fitness tracker potential

    STONINGTON — For the last few months, a handful of Midcoast and Downeast fishermen have been donning fitness trackers on their wrists to find out if wearable technology can safely provide helpful data to support fishermen’s health and well-being. The Brunswick-based Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association has been working on projects to improve the mental health

  • Fishermen’s Forum cancels in-person events for second year

    Fishermen’s Forum cancels in-person events for second year

    ROCKPORT — The annual Fishermen’s Forum, a three-day event held in Rockport in early March, has been canceled for a second year due to coronavirus concerns. The forum brings together scientists, seafood marketers, fisheries management specialists and more from across the commercial fishing industry. The guest list includes marketers, processors, representatives from the Department of

  • Shellfish lab to harbor first clam crop

    Shellfish lab to harbor first clam crop

    GOULDSBORO — Community members last week made short work of transferring tens of thousands of young softshell clams from a former lobster pound, where they grew in floating, fine-mesh trays since early last summer, to Gouldsboro’s shellfish resilience laboratory in Bunkers Harbor. Working outside the lab, housed in a former clam-buying station on the harbor’s

  • Trenton residential pier receives local approval

    TRENTON — A group of about 15 gathered Nov. 10 for a Planning Board meeting regarding the construction of a dock consisting of a permanent pier, seasonal ramp and float at Steve and Brenda Shelton’s shorefront home off the Bayside Road. The board unanimously approved the project, which had already been approved by the Maine

  • Die-off fuels opposition to Cooke lease renewal

    Die-off fuels opposition to Cooke lease renewal

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Cooke Aquaculture’s request to continue operating two salmon farms off Black Island were met with resistance from regional fishermen and activists last week. The company sought to renew the leases for two net pen sites in the town of Frenchboro and had a hearing with the state Department of Marine Resources at