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  • MMA commencement canceled

    MMA commencement canceled

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy’s May 2 commencement has been called off and the spring training cruise will not depart as scheduled as the academy takes precautions against the spread of the novel coronavirus. In a statement issued last week, faculty explained the changes. “We know that you have questions about future plans and schedules

  • Elver season opens with new safety measures in place

    Elver season opens with new safety measures in place

    ELLSWORTH — Yes, Virginia, there will be an elver season this year after all. Last Thursday, the Department of Marine Resources announced that the 2020 elver fishing season would open at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30. Originally slated to open on Sunday, March 22, the season was delayed by DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher because

  • Mission works to keep islanders connected, safely

    Mission works to keep islanders connected, safely

    BAR HARBOR — In some ways, residents of unbridged island communities are ahead of the curve with the changes brought by the virus epidemic, since they already rely on remote and online connections for important services.  But in other ways, they’re especially vulnerable.  On March 13, the team of Maine Seacoast Mission staff that usually visits

  • Elver season to open Monday

    Elver season to open Monday

    ELLSWORTH — Yes, Virginia, there will be an elver season this year after all. On Thursday, the Department of Marine Resources announced that the 2020 elver fishing season would open at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30. Originally slated to open last Sunday, March 22, the season was delayed by DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher because

  • Smaller lobsters are producing eggs

    Smaller lobsters are producing eggs

    ROCKPORT — Lobster was the most valuable single seafood species harvested in the country between 2015 and 2018, according to NOAA, with Maine landings accounting for about 80 percent of that value in each of those years.  So it’s not surprising that the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) invests a lot in lobster research. State scientists, in collaboration with

  • Demand for Maine seafood plummets

    Demand for Maine seafood plummets

    ELLSWORTH – For decades, lobster has been the symbol of Maine’s fishing industry, but at the moment the microscopic coronavirus is taking center stage. As recently as Feb. 27, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the state. By noon Wednesday, the CDC reported

  • State ferry service to cut schedule

      ELLSWORTH — Beginning Saturday, the Maine State Ferry Service will reduce its schedule because of a “significant” drop in riders and to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. The service reduction will remain in effect until further notice. According to a statement posted on its website Wednesday afternoon, like many ferry services across the

  • DMR postpones elver fishing season

    DMR postpones elver fishing season

    ELLSWORTH – The Maine elver fishing season, slated to open at noon on Sunday, is on an indefinite hold in an effort to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. On Thursday night, Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced he had made the “difficult decision” to close Maine’s coastal waters to “fishing for

  • Coronavirus affecting Maine fisheries

    Coronavirus affecting Maine fisheries

    CASTINE — As of early Wednesday morning, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention had yet to report a single confirmed or presumed case of COVID-19, the respiratory infection caused by the coronavirus, in eastern Maine, but the lobster industry is already feeling the impacts of the global pandemic. The spread of the disease

  • Floating wind farms a hot topic at forum

    Floating wind farms a hot topic at forum

    ROCKPORT – If a changing climate, whale protection regulations and, now, the as yet immeasurable threat arising from the emergence of the coronavirus aren’t enough to keep fishermen awake at night, the potential development of offshore power generation facilities in the Gulf of Maine should do the trick. Earlier this month, the Maine Fishermen’s Forum

  • Ferry service reacts to coronavirus

    Ferry service reacts to coronavirus

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Ferry Service has published a “continuity of operation plan” outlining its response to the burgeoning threat of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus. Like employees at many other state agencies and businesses, the Ferry Service is requiring that certain employees work “remotely.” While the