Waterfront

  • Senate right whale protection bill advances

    Senate right whale protection bill advances

    ELLSWORTH — The U.S. Senate last week moved a step closer to providing substantial financial assistance to efforts aimed at protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales. Scientists warn that, with a population of only about 400 animals, the giant mammals face a real threat of extinction. The whales have experienced a high rate of mortality

  • Trade wars continue to bedevil lobster industry

    Trade wars continue to bedevil lobster industry

    ELLSWORTH — Three of the four members of Maine’s congressional delegation joined last week to encourage U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to prioritize a trade deal with the European Union (EU) that would reduce or eliminate EU tariffs on Maine lobster. In a letter last Friday, U.S. Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)

  • Salt Pond oyster farm lease renewed for 20 years

    Salt Pond oyster farm lease renewed for 20 years

    BLUE HILL — Early this month, the Department of Marine Resources approved the request of Tightrope Seafarms LLC for a 20-year renewal of its lease to grow oysters and other shellfish on 17.45 acres off the southern shore of Salt Pond. A 10-year lease was originally granted to Brooklin resident Paul Brayton in 1999, acquired

  • Southwest Harbor considers town dock usage

    Southwest Harbor considers town dock usage

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Sparked by an Appeals Board decision to allow a charter fishing boat operator to continue disembarking passengers at one of the town docks, the town Harbor Committee will review the language in the town’s Coastal Waters and Harbor Ordinance over the winter. John Dittmar owns Acadia Fishing Tours. Passengers board his boat,

  • Lobstermen’s Association rejects DMR whale proposal

    Lobstermen’s Association rejects DMR whale proposal

    ELLSWORTH — Efforts to find consensus over how to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in fishing gear without decimating the Maine lobster industry took a blow last week. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) announced that it would not support a plan developed by the Department of Marine Resources “because it seeks reductions

  • Scallop lottery deadline drawing near

    Scallop lottery deadline drawing near

    ELLSWORTH — Harvesters hoping for a shot at a new license to fish for scallops this winter have only two more days to enter their names into the Department of Marine Resources’ scallop license lotteries. The online license lotteries will be open until Friday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. DMR established separate lotteries for scallop

  • Lobstermen unhappy with DMR’s alternative whale protection proposal

    Lobstermen unhappy with DMR’s alternative whale protection proposal

    ELLSWORTH — Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher met with a group of roughly 75 lobstermen and lobster industry representatives at The Grand Monday evening to discuss proposed measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. Keliher was on hand to explain a plan that the state will file with the National Marine Fisheries

  • Lifejackets for Lobstermen makes return visit to Maine

    Lifejackets for Lobstermen makes return visit to Maine

    STONINGTON— If at first you succeed, come on back for a second bite of the apple. That seems to be the mantra for the Lifejackets for Lobstermen project which, since the beginning of April, has brought educational materials and personal flotation devices to harbors along the Maine and Massachusetts coasts. The goal is to persuade

  • DMR seeks comment on Cooke Aquaculture lease renewal

    DMR seeks comment on Cooke Aquaculture lease renewal

    FRENCHBORO — Just weeks after Cooke Aquaculture agreed to pay the state more than $150,000 to settle numerous violations at several of its salmon net pen sites in eastern Maine, the Department of Marine Resources is asking for public comment on the company’s application for a 20-year lease renewal. The renewal is of a lease