Waterfront

  • Barge, diver raise sunken lobster boat

    Barge, diver raise sunken lobster boat

    GOULDSBORO — The big winds that pummeled eastern Maine late in November did plenty of damage along the coast, including the sinking of the lobster boat Robin A. II in Prospect Harbor. Last Friday, Bar Harbor scuba diver Ed Monat joined Captain Wid Minctons and his Southwest Harbor-based crane barge Charles Bradley in a salvage

  • Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    ELLSWORTH — Who says miracles don’t happen? In what must be a first in modern history, virtually every commercial fishing organization in Maine joined together to urge Governor-elect Janet Mills to keep Patrick Keliher on the job as commissioner of Marine Resources after she takes office in January. First reported in the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s

  • Marine Patrol gets hardier boat for use around Stonington

    Marine Patrol gets hardier boat for use around Stonington

    STONINGTON — The Marine Patrol has launched a new boat in Stonington to support its work patrolling Maine’s most lucrative fishing port. The new 26-foot Patrol Vessel Moxie, built by Biddeford-based General Marine, replaces a 21-foot Boston Whaler. “The PV Moxie’s name represents the courage and determination of Marine Patrol officers,” Marine Patrol Col. Jon

  • Islands wary of ferry fare plan

    Islands wary of ferry fare plan

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing that the Maine State Ferry Service be allowed to impose a surcharge on “any and all” fares if it experiences “increases in the operating costs … and/or decreases in ridership.” That is a provision of a proposed rule on rates for ferry service between the

  • Sumner students participating in lobster trap disposal effort

    Sumner students participating in lobster trap disposal effort

    GOULDSBORO — Campbell “Buzz” Scott, founder and executive director of OceansWide, a nonprofit education foundation based in Newcastle, estimates that there are hundreds of thousands of lobster traps accumulating every year along the sea floor and along the coast of Maine. Now OceansWide, along with the students in the Pathways program at Sumner Memorial High

  • Canadian lobster giant improves grading

    ELLSWORTH — A giant Canadian lobster dealer has come up with the proverbial better mousetrap. Early this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent to Clearwater Seafoods Limited of Bedford, Nova Scotia, for a camera-based imaging system that will, the company claims, let it determine the stage in the molting process and

  • Bucksport salmon farm gets DEP permit

    BUCKSPORT — Portland-based Whole Oceans LLC took another step toward building a 44-million-pound land-based salmon farm on the site of the former Verso Paper Co. mill recently when the Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued two permits for wastewater discharge from the proposed facility. In June, Whole Oceans applied to MDEP for a Maine Pollutant

  • FERC gives preliminary nod to new Ellsworth dam license

    FERC gives preliminary nod to new Ellsworth dam license

    ELLSWORTH — Nearly six years after Black Bear Hydro began the process to extend its license to maintain and operate electrical generation facilities at the Union River dam, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week issued a preliminary decision on the matter. The commission stated that “licensing the Ellsworth Project as proposed by Black Bear